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03 April 2007 :: 14:04:30 pm 31004

Solomon Islands Struck By Earthquake And Tsunami

The Solomon Islands, which is on the volatile Pacific "Ring of Fire", was struck by a magnitude 8 earthquake at 6:40 a.m. local time on Monday, triggering a tsunami. So far 6 deaths have been reported, including a 12-year-old girl and an elderly woman in Gizo, two on the island of Choiseul, and three on Mono island, but the total casualty rate could be far higher as many people are still missing according to Alfred Maesulia the Solomon Islands‘ chief government spokesman.
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre located the earthquake’s centre 350 km northwest of Honiara. The tsunami’s wave was up to 10-metres (32 feet) high in some places with what the Premier of Choiseul, Jackson Kiloe, described as “huge rolling waves (were) crashing ashore”, prompting evacuations”. Extensive damage was caused to the small Pacific islands, including a hospital on Gizo island and some villages were even washed into the sea as a result of the tsunami’s action.

Seven minutes later a 6.7 aftershock hit, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Panic spread around the Pacific Rim from Papua New Guinea to Japan and Australia. Beaches along Australia’s east coast were shut and ferry services halted on Sydney Harbor as residents feared a repetition of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

Further damage estimates were hampered due to bad communications on the western islands, but investigators are currently making their way there.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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