15 Oct 2012

No damage reported after Solomon Islands quake

10:13 am on 15 October 2012

No damage has been reported after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled the Solomon Islands.

The quake struck 86km southwest of Chirovanga, on the island of Choiseul at a depth of 60km.

The epicentre was about 500 kilometres from the Solomons capital Honiara.

Geoscience Australia, which put the quake's magnitude at 6.0, said there was no tsunami generated, and there were no immediate reports of damage in the sparsely populated area.