4 Jan 2010

Quake hits western Solomons but causes no major damage

2:29 pm on 4 January 2010

A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Solomon Islands earlier today, but there are no reports of major damage.

The US Geological Survey says the quake was measured at a depth of about 30 kilometres and struck about 100 kilometres from the town of Gizo.

It followed a 6.5 earthquake an hour earlier.

Julian Makaa of the national disaster management office says while they issued no tsunami warning, people should be vigilant.

"What we advise them is to just keep a look out on the waves if they are abnormal then they should warn everybody to go. We haven't had any reports as such. However, on Rendova Island, they mentioned some abnormal tides, but there hasn't been any destruction. But otherwise, there hasn't been any major damage."

Julian Makaa says his office is monitoring the situation closely and is in radio contact with the area.