10 Nov 2004

Solomon Islands shaken by a major quake

4:24 pm on 10 November 2004

A powerful earthquake hit Solomon Islands today but there were no reports of injury or damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake registered 6 point 9 on the Richter scale and hit mid morning.

It was 10 kilometres deep and 205 kilometres from the nearest settlement, the regional capital of Kira Kira on Makira Island.

The state broadcaster, the SIBC, which maintains a two way radio service around the scattered island nation, said no-one had reported feeling the quake.