Solomon Islands PM to inspect Western Province

Solomon Islands PM to inspect Western Province

Solomon Islands PM to inspect Western Province

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:15 AEDT

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will today inspect damage in tsunami hit areas of Western and Choiseul provinces.

He'll also meet some of those affected by the disaster on the island of Gizo, and talk to many of the groups who have come to the region to assist.

More than 40 people died and thousands were made homeless when the earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the islands on April 2.

Meanwhile, an international team, including Australian aid officials, has traveled to the Shortland islands, near the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville.

The team says that while the Shortlands has not reported any casualties from the tidal wave, many buildings were destroyed, including the main health clinic in the island group.

Chance of more earthquakes 'has diminished'

United States tsunami expert, Hermann Fritz has said the chance of another earthquake and tsunami in Western and Choiseul Provinces is slimmer two weeks on from the April 2 disaster.

Pacific broadcaster SIBC reports that Professor Fritz, who is part of a United Nations team carrying out research into the recent quake, says the area appears to be stabilising.

He says stress on the earth's plate which caused the 8.1 magnitude earthquake has been released, and says if any further quakes occur, they are likely to be smaller and to occur a considerable distance from Solomon Islands.