28 Sep 2012

Solomon Islands hit by quake - no reports of damage

2:58 pm on 28 September 2012

A quake measuring magnitude 6.0 has hit off the Solomon Islands, but Australian seismologists say there is little risk of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey put the quake at 6.0-magnitude some 272 kilometres west-northwest of the capital Honiara.

With a depth of about nine kilometres, it was about 112 kilometres southeast of the western city of Gizo.

Geoscience Australia measured the quake at about 6.2-magnitude but said it was unlikely to create a tsunami or cause serious damage in the capital.

Seismologist Hugh Glanville said there may be some damage in Gizo but he says the majority of the population are too far away to suffer more than a bit of shaking.