MONSOON TROUGH REMAINS SOUTH OF SOLOMONS

The Meteorological Services Director, David Hiriasia says, the monsoon trough that has been affecting the country since last week is still here. Photo: fbcdn

The Meteorological Services Director, David Hiriasia says, the monsoon trough that has been affecting the country since last week is still here. Photo: fbcdn

The Meteorological Services Director, David Hiriasia says, the monsoon trough that has been affecting the country since last week is still here.

Mr Hiriasia told SIBC News, the trough) is still in the southern parts of Solomon Islands- near Rennell and Bellona, and towards Temotu Province.

“We still have this active monsoon trough located South of Solomon Islands, across Rennell and up towards Temotu province. Now this trough, as I’ve always said, is an area of low pressure and that is where the unstable weather is always located, also influencing other parts of the country. So the monsoon that we’ve experienced since last week until this week is still in its current position”.

Meanwhile, the MET Service Director says the tropical low pressure system has now moved south into the coral seas, and continues to intensify.

He said the system is likely to move to the Australian territory towards the weekend.

He also said there will still be rainfalls associated with the low pressure system.

Meanwhile the Director of the MET Service says, the National Disaster Management Office and MET Services have issued a ‘no tsunami threat’ for Solomon Islands following today’s earth quake.

He says the earthquake, with magnitude of 5-point-5, was located close to Afio, in the Southern region of Malaita Province.

“The earthquake has a magnitude of 5.5 and was located close to Afio, Malaita Province, but it didn’t generate any tsunami as far as I’m aware because currently there’s no sea level data indicating any changes to sea level due to that earthquake”, said Mr Hiriasia.

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