13 Aug 2015

No reports of damage after second Solomons quake

2:05 pm on 13 August 2015
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Photo: US Geological Survey

The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office says there have been no reports of damage following a strong earthquake early this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.6 quake struck Solomon Islands at 5:49 AM on Thursday, with its epicentre 175 km southeast of Gizo.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake, which was shallow at a depth of only 39 km, had not triggered a tsunami.

The NDMO says it has had no reports of an impact to communities.

This is the second quake to hit Solomon Islands this week after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck in a similar area on Monday.

Residents in Honiara who felt that tremor say it was strong enough to shake buildings and was followed by mild aftershocks.