5 Jan 2010

Solomons police join relief effort after spate of earthquakes

2:18 pm on 5 January 2010

Solomon Islands police are helping to distribute emergency aid after a series of five earthquakes hit the Western Province within a day.

The biggest earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale caused a small tsunami and landslides.

Its epicentre was near the islands of Tetepare and Rendova where many homes were damaged.

The police commissioner, Peter Marshall, says hundreds of villagers have been affected, but exact numbers remain sketchy.

He says the RSIP is working with aid officials, donors, the National Disaster council and RAMSI.

"Early days yet perhaps, but it would appear that the Solomon Islands has gotten away comparatively lightly. The National Disaster Council has put a base in Noro in the Western Province and will take on a primary coordinating role from that location. The RSIP is working closely with RAMSI, the participating police force counterparts and it's going smoothly from an operational point of view."

Peter Marshall says there have been no deaths or injuries reported so far.