BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
HONIARA City Council (HCC) Provincial Disaster Committee (PDC) together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) is waiting on pending request by business houses or the public for building safety purposes and use.
That is according to the National Disaster Council’s national situational report number one released earlier this week,
“Honiara City Council Provincial Disaster Committee (PDC) chair has been informed and directives for Works Division to liaise with Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) for assessment of buildings is pending on request by business houses or the public (for building safety purposes and use),” the report said.
It added the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is on full activation and trying to establish communications with the south West Guadalcanal communities.
“Communications with the provinces was established to gather information on impacts and an initial Situational Overview (Fly-over) was conducted to ascertain the scope and scale of earthquake impacts,” the report stated.
It adds Guadalcanal Province Provincial Emergency Operation Centre (PEOC) is also on full activation and is establishing links with the communities of South West Guadalcanal. GP Police has activated the GP forward command post and trying to establish communities near the epicentre of the earthquake.
The report also mentioned that Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS) has issued a No tsunami threat for the Solomon Island following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake.
SIMS also activated its call-out to first responding agencies (NEOC/RSIPF/NRH) and informed them of the situational update following the earthquake, and beside go on air with the SIBC and provide situation update regarding the event to the general public highlighting the precautionary measure that people should take following the major earthquake, the report said.
It stressed RSIPF Police Operations Centre (POC) is also on full activation .
The RSIPF personal were deployed to the coastal areas of the Honiara city to ascertain the situation and ensure communities remain calm.
Further to that, the Geological Survey Division (GSD) has issued preliminary earthquake parameters indicating the South Guadalcanal is the epicentre of this 7.3 magnitude Earthquake.
A total of three earthquake technical reports were issued.