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2 quakes hit near Solomon Islands

Two earthquakes struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

Two earthquakes struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The quakes had a magnitude of 7.2 and 6.5, the agency said.

The larger quake, which occurred at 9:36 a.m. local time, was centred 105 kilometres south-southeast of Gizo, New Georgia Islands. It followed the smaller quake that hit about 90 kilometres south-southeast of Gizo at about 8:48 a.m. local time.

There were no warnings posted on the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center website.

In April 2007, a major quake struck Gizo and sparked a tsunami that destroyed at least one town and killed more than 50 people.

With files from The Associated Press