10 Jan 2012

Disaster officials in Solomon Islands on stand-by after quake

12:30 pm on 10 January 2012

Disaster management officials in Solomon Islands say they are on stand-by to assist any remote communities affected by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake.

The tremor struck mid-afternoon yesterday about 350 kilometres off Makira, in the east of the country.

The National Disaster Management Office Director, Loti Yates, says although there have been no reports of injuries or damage, communication is limited in remote places.

"There may be communities that do not have HF radio, who might have been impacted but are still to get to the closest or nearest HF radio to make reports. So we're just hoping that maybe later on today we could maybe receive some reports from communities close by."

Loti Yates says villagers on the coast are being warned to prepare for any aftershocks.