5 May 2014

No report of quake damage in Solomons

5:25 pm on 5 May 2014

The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands says they have not received any reports of damage or injuries after an earthquake off Makira this afternoon.

There was an initial tsunami alert for Makira but it was called off a short time later.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a five point three magnitude quake 41 kilometres to the southouthwest of the capital Honiara.

Our correspondent in Honiara says the short jolt was sharp and caused people to run from their homes and offices, with some seeking higher ground.

Solomon Islands experienced a series of earthquakes during April as the country was coping with the impact of massive floods on Guadalcanal.