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Solomons Tsunami Leaves 1,000 Homeless
« on: January 07, 2010, 01:20:44 PM »

Solomons Tsunami Leaves 1,000 Homeless
Jan. 5, 2010
More than 1,000 people have been left homeless after landslides and a tsunami devastated parts of the Solomon Islands.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake triggered the destruction, wiping out 200 homes on the remote island of Rendova and leaving nearly a third of the island's population without shelter.

The quake caused a 3m-high wave to hit the coast, but no-one was injured.

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said: "People are very sensitive, as a quake conjures up memories and people immediately begin going to higher ground."

In April 2007, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that killed more than 50 people on the Solomon Islands.

A tsunami also killed more than 200 on nearby Samoa and Tonga in September.

Local dive shop owner Danny Kennedy said people were quick to protect themselves.

He said: "if there's anything more than 20 seconds of shaking or any sea water recedes, head for the hills."

Emergency food, water and tarpaulins are being sent to the affected areas.

The Solomon Islands are on the 'Ring of Fire'; an arc of volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific Rim where about 90% of the world's quakes happen.


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