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Powerful quake hits Solomon Islands in Pacific

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A powerful earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The magnitude 8.0 quake struck at a shallow depth of 5.8km. The epicentre was 347 km east of Kira Kira near the Santa Cruz islands, according to the US Geological Survey.

A tsunami warning was initially issued for the region by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center but has since been withdrawn.