12 Apr 2010

No reports of serious damage after big Solomons quake

3:26 pm on 12 April 2010

The Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says there is little reported damage from a large earthquake last night.

The quake, which struck at a depth of 60 kilometres, about 100 kilometres southwest of Makira, was initially rated as magnitude 7.5 but later downgraded to 6.8.

The Office's director Loti Yates says information gathered so far from local officials and police in the region indicates little impact from the quake.

"The areas we've contacted so far, I think that one school confirmed that a dormitory was damaged. Apart from that, confirmation of the quake [it was] quite big but no confirmed casualties or damage etcetera"

Loti Yates says they're just waiting on reports to filter in from smaller, remote communities about the earthquake's impact