The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for Hawaii following the early Friday temblor but it has since been canceled. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake 43 miles (69 kilometers) west-southwest of Kirakira occurred at a depth of about 49 kilometers (30 miles), according to the USGS.
UPDATE: Tsunami watch in Hawaii following 7.7-magnitude earthquake in Solomon Islands has been canceled, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says pic.twitter.com/bGuVOkZKZI— ABC News (@ABC) December 8, 2016
UPDATE: Earthquake in Solomon Islands downgraded to a 7.7-magnitude earthquake, USGS says; tsunami watch remains in effect. pic.twitter.com/LkY7Q9J2X7— ABC News (@ABC) December 8, 2016