A bulletin released by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS issued on February 6, 2013 shows the area affected by the tsunami warning following a major earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude off the Solomon Islands. A small tsunami hit the Solomon Islands on Wednesday after a major undersea earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations and placed many more nations including Australia and Indonesia on alert. REUTERS/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS/Handout
An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck 340 km (211 miles) east of Kira Kira in the Solomons on Wednesday, February 2013.
The strong earthquake triggered a tsunami in remote part of the Solomon Islands.
A 0.9 metres (three feet) tsunami hit near the town of Lata on the remote Santa Cruz island, hitting some villages and the town’s main airport.
Lata hospital’s director of nursing, Augustine Pilve, told New Zealand television that five people had been killed, including a boy about 10 years old, saying, “It’s more likely that other villages along the coast of Santa Cruz may be affected.”
Some communities have been badly hit, with houses have been damaged by the waves.
The Solomons is situated on the active “Pacific Ring of Fire”.
In 2007, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed at least 50 people while dozens were missing and destroyed more than 13 villages.
This is a disaster.