Strong quake hits in Pacific near Solomon Islands

HONIARA, Solomon Islands — A powerful earthquake struck underwater off the Solomon Islands, but there was no immediate word of damage and no tsunami alert was issued.
Saturday's quake had a magnitude of 6.9, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was centered 55 kilometers west-southwest of San Christobal in the Solomon Islands at a depth of  35 kilometers under the ocean's floor.
The Solomon Islands' National Disaster Council spokesman Julian Makaa said he had had no early reports of damage or injury in the wake of the temblor.