25 Jan 2010

No damage reported after Solomons quake

12:38 pm on 25 January 2010

Solomon Islands Police say there have been no reports of damage following the latest earthquake .

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake'e epicentre was 160 kilometres southeast of the town of Gizo at a depth of about 10 kilometres.

No tsunami warning was issued for the 5.6 magnitude quake which struck early this morning.

The Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says they have been experiencing a series of aftershocks since the 7.2 magnitude quake earlier this month which caused a tsunami that damage coastal villages in the Western Province.

He says in comparison, this morning's quake appeared minor.

"No the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force hasn't been alerted to any damage that we're aware off. But we'll be discussing the situation with the National Disaster Management Office and have nothing to pass on at this stage."

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall.