WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday.
The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, struck at 5:49 a.m. on Thursday (1849 GMT on Wednesday). Its epicenter was 109 miles (175 km) southeast of Gizo.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake, which was shallow at a depth of only 24.3 miles (39 km), had not triggered a tsunami. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney)