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Tsunami threat 'passes' after Solomon Islands quake

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake has hit the Solomon Islands. Credit: ITV News

A tsunami alert has been withdrawn after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the Solomon Islands.

Authorities said the risk was "largely passed" though it warned that small wave swells of up to 0.3 metres may continue for a few hours.

"Based on all available data, the tsunami threat from this earthquake has passed," said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in an update.

It added that people in affected areas should "stay alert" and "remain observant" near to the coastline.

The earthquake struck 120 miles south-east of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, while the epicentre was 30 miles deep.

There were no reports of significant damage or casualties.

The Solomon Islands are on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire', which is prone to frequent and large earthquakes.

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