“It’s an enormous one which simply shocked everyone,” Herming stated.
“Now we have tables and desks, books and all the things scattered in every single place because of the earthquake, however there’s no main injury to construction or buildings,” he stated.
Herming stated the Solomon Islands, which is dwelling to about 700,000 folks, doesn’t have any massive high-rises that could be weak to a quake. He stated there was some panic across the city and visitors jams as everyone tried to drive to increased floor.
Freelance journalist Charley Piringi stated he was standing exterior close to faculties on the outskirts of Honiara when the quake despatched the kids working.
“The earthquake rocked the place,” he stated. “It was an enormous one. We had been all shocked, and everyone seems to be working all over the place.”
The quake’s epicenter was within the ocean about 56 kilometers (35 miles) southwest of Honiara at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles), in response to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Heart initially warned of doable hazardous waves for the area however later downgraded a tsunami warning because the menace handed.
The Solomon Islands sits on the Pacific Ring of Hearth, a arc alongside the Pacific Ocean rim the place many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes happen.