Solomon Islands will have their first country-wide geohazard monitoring system next month thanks to a project driven by New Zealand's GNS Science institute.
Project leader Craig Miller said the work was almost complete and the country will soon have six new monitoring stations feeding data directly to national authorities.
"We've been adding six new stations across the country and those will be all connected to a new data centre in Honiara where they will be able to locate their own earthquakes and make their own hazard assessments related to earthquakes and potentially tsunamis and also monitor a couple of active volcanoes," he said.
Dr Miller said GNS has been working throughout the year to increase the Solomon's capability to identify, manage and detect hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.
"By adding extra stations in the Solomon Islands area it actually improves accuracy of earthquake location, including both position and also the magnitude. Position and magnitude are important for when you are making assessments about whether the likelihood of an earthquake generating a tsunami or not," he said.
The current project was funded by the World Bank.