Over the weekend, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Kira Kira in the Makira Province caused no Tsunami threats but could be felt throughout parts of the Solomon Islands.The evaluation was received from the Pacific Tsunami Watch Centre (PTWC) in Hawai'i, who also reported that there was no destructive widespread tsunami threat. It is understood that earthquakes of this size could sometimes generate small tsunamis along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake's epicenter.
The earthquake was located 58km from West-South-West of Kira Kira and is 30km in depth.
An over flight was organized by RAMSI PPF and accompanied by National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) yesterday, but had to return while approaching Marau Island in Guadalcanal, due to the very bad weather conditions.
Further contacts were made by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) to Kira Kira and they were informed that no damages or casualties were reported in the surrounding villages.
The National Disaster Management Office through NEOC will continue to monitor the situation.