Solomon Islands Tsunami Kills At Least Five


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uc0u8232 u8232 b BY JASMINE BAILEY
b0 uc0u8232 u8232 u8232 At least five people are dead after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake
set off a tsunami that hit part of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday afternoon.u8232 u8232
u8232 {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “https://maps.google.com/maps?q=solomon+islands&ie=UTF-8&ei=YDsSUd-1C-aW2QW42oGwAg&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAA”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 A country}} of nearly a thousand
islands in the southwestern Pacific’97 east of New Guinea and Australia.uc0u8232 u8232
u8232 At least three villages, each made up of about 10 to 30 homes, were hit by the
earthquake and tsunami’97 carrying waves as high as five feet and washing entire houses
out to sea.u8232 u8232 u8232 {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://ptwc.weather.gov/”}}{fldrslt cf3
ul ulc3 The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centerulnone }}issued warnings and watches for several
other island chains, parts of New Zealand and Australia. But those were later canceled.uc0u8232
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b ’93The reason they did that is because we had additional data… The wave heights
were not significant enough for this to be a widespread event, but we did have the problems
to the North and West.’94 b0 uc0u8232 u8232 u8232 Specifically
on Santa Cruz Island, where the {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://earthquake.usgs.gov/”}}{fldrslt cf3
ul ulc3 United States Geological Survey}} recorded at least 23 aftershocks with a magnitude
of between 5.0 and 6.6.uc0u8232 u8232 u8232 A government spokesperson told the {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK
“http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/solomonislands/9851588/Powerful-Solomon-Islands-earthquake-triggers-small-tsunami.html”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 Telegraph:}}uc0u8232
b ’93At this stage, authorities are still trying to establish the exact number and extent
of damage’85Communication to Santa Cruz Island is difficult due to the remoteness of the
island.’94 b0 uc0u8232 u8232 u8232 {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK
“http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/20132615459882856.html”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 Al Jazeera reports}}’97 The
Solomon Islands and a wide rage of surrounding areas are part of the {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK
“http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pacific_Ring_of_Fire.png”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 “Ring of Fire”}} ’97a zone
of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.uc0u8232
u8232 u8232 In 2007, a tsunami following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least
52 people in the Solomon Islands and left thousands homeless. The quake lifted an entire
island and pushed out its shoreline by dozens of feet.u8232
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