A tsunami alert for coastal areas near the Solomon Islands has been issued after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the region. The tremor struck around 75km west-north-west of the city of Lata at around 12:27pm today (AEST) at a shallow depth of 10km. There is no word yet on damage or injuries.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued the warning for a 300km-radius from the epicentre. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no immediate tsunami threat to Australia. MORE