Earthquake in Solomon Islands

Part of Solomon Islands suffered from a series of powerful earthquakes last Monday that resulted to a tsunami that measured up to 10 feet (3 metres) high.  One village was reported damaged and somehow flattened.  There were tremors and after-shocks but the strongest of which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.

The epicentre of the earthquakes is from a remote island.  One earthquake sent a tsunami crashing into the shores of Rendova Island and nearby Tetepare Island about 9:30 a.m. local time on Monday. Eight other quakes greater than magnitude 5.0 have rocked the region since.

According to Loti Yates (Disaster Management Official), at least 16 houses were destroyed and 32 damaged in Baniata village on Rendova, an island around 190 miles (300 km) from the capital Honiara, where around 3,600 people live.


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