3 Sep 2007

Little damage reported from 6.9 quake in Solomons' Temotu province

3:26 pm on 3 September 2007

There's been little damage reported by disaster officials after an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude yesterday in Temotu province of Solomon Islands.

The undersea quake struck just after midday local time at a depth of 35 kilometres, centred off the Santa Cruz islands.

The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, says that communication with the remote communities affected has mainly been by high-frequency radio.

Mr Yates says that with the tsunami of April 2nd in the Western Province still a fresh memory, this quake has renewed fear among many residents who have fled away from coastal areas to higher ground.

"No immediate reports of injuries, however there are minor - very very minor - damages. We are maintaining contact with the provinces. It's Monday now and we are hoping that all the provincial networks and provincial disaster committee can get all the information into us in the course of today."

Loti Yates