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‘This is the worst disaster the nation has seen’

Posted by feww on April 4, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLASH FLOODS
NATIONAL DISASTER
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Dozens Dead or Missing, Thousands Homeless in Solomons Flooding

Flash flooding has claimed at least 6 lives, left dozens missing and more than 10,000 homeless in the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara (population: ∼ 70,000), prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

“This is the worst disaster the nation has seen,”  said the  Solomon Star newspaper.

Extreme Rain Events lasting for about a week  caused the main Matanikau River to burst its banks, sweeping away entire communities. The rain and flooding continue.

A spokesperson from the National Disaster Management Office said the office will assess the damage to map out the cost but said it will be costly.

“Homes were swept away by flash floods, lives were lost, properties damaged but the real extent of the damage is still sketchy,” the spokesman said.

“Matanikau River caused significant damage and there are other reports from other parts of Guadalcanal that were hard hit on Thursday.”

He said the Guadalcanal plains were also affected.

“Reports from those areas were that homes were flooded and food gardens wiped out.

“Lunga River also unleashed her might yesterday affecting a lot of residents in Lunga.”

The old one-lane Mataniko bridge is gone. On the Guadalcanal plains, hundreds of villagers headed for the hills last night as flooding took away  homes. This is the worst disaster the nation has seenSolomon Star News

Strong Quake Strike Solomon Islands

Meanwhile a magnitude 6Mw quake struck about 28km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands.

Magnitude: 6.0Mw
Event Time: 2014-04-04 11:40:32 UTC
Location: 10.530°S 161.672°E
Depth: 63.8km (39.6mi)
Nearby Cities: 28km (17mi) WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
224km (139mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Source: USGS/EHP

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State of Disaster Declared in Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on February 8, 2013

Significant aftershocks continue to pound Santa Cruz Islands region as govt. declares a State of Disaster

Solomon Islands government has declared a State of Disaster for Santa Cruz Islands after a meter-high tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.0 quake engulfed the region on Wednesday.

  • At least nine people are dead and many are missing after the tsunami damaged or destroyed more than 20 villages.
  • Officials say scope of the disaster is much worse than initially thought and they  still don’t know the fate of the more outlying villages in the reef islands.
  • The tsunami has wept away entire villages, spreading debris everywhere.
  • “The force behind the meter-high [tsunami] wave swept everything in its path, especially in low-lying areas,” said an official.
  •  “Many people have no clothes at all, everything was washed away.”
  • Authorities say about 7,000 people have been displaced as a result of the tsunami,  but the number could reach much higher.

Earthquake Location Map – Santa Cruz Islands Region

santa cruz islands - aftershocks
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

More than 150 aftershocks have rocked the Santa Cruz Island region following the main shock that struck on Wednesday, February 06, 2013.

  • A 6.6Mw aftershock struck about 36 km (22 miles) SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands at a depth of about 10km on Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 18:59:16 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.

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Tsunami Warning: Powerful Quake Off Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on February 6, 2013

TSUNAMI WARNING after 8.0Mw Strikes off Solomon Islands

A powerful 8.0Mw earthquake in the South Pacific generated a tsunami. Several villages on the Solomon Islands have been destroyed by the quake/tsunami, news agencies quoting the local police have reported.

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU / NEW CALEDONIA / KOSRAE / FIJI / KIRIBATI / WALLIS AND FUTUNA / MARSHALL ISLANDS / HOWLAND AND BAKER / POHNPEI / TOKELAU

Message Type:

Expanding Regional Tsunami Warning Supplement

Warning: Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna, Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau A Tsunami Watch is in Effect For Samoa, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Wake Island, Chuuk, Jarvis Island, Guam, Northern Marianas, Palmyra Island, Yap, Johnston Island, Minamitorishima, Belau, Midway Island… Tsunami Updates: http://ptwc.weather.gov/

tsunami warning

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

SAMOA / KERMADEC ISLANDS / NEW ZEALAND / AMERICAN SAMOA / TONGA / AUSTRALIA / NIUE / COOK  ISLANDS / INDONESIA / WAKE ISLAND / CHUUK / JARVIS ISLAND / GUAM / NORTHERN MARIANAS /
PALMYRA ISLAND / YAP / JOHNSTON ISLAND / MINAMITORISHIMA / BELAU / MIDWAY ISLAND

TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
413 PM HST TUE FEB 05 2013

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.

  • IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL TIME IS 10:04 PM HST TUE 05 FEB 2013
  • THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA.

Earthquake Location Map

EQ location Solomon Islands
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude:  8.0
  • Date-Time: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 01:12:23 UTC
    • Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 12:12:23 PM at epicenter
  • Location:  10.752°S, 165.089°E
  • Depth 5.8 km (3.6 miles) (poorly constrained)
  • Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
  • Distances:
    • 81 km (50 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands
    • 575 km (357 miles) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 15.3 km (9.5 miles); depth +/- 6.9 km (4.3 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Aftershocks:

  • Five significant aftershocks as of posting including 6.6 and 6.4Mw  (USGS)

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7.1Mw Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on April 11, 2010

Powerful 7.1Mw Earthquake strikes Solomon Islands 94 km (58 miles) WSW of Kira Kira

The earthquake occurred on Sunday April 11, at 09:40:31UTC striking at a depth of about 60km. The epicenter was located at 10.90ºS ; 161.16ºE.

A larger earthquake may strike the region.

Summary of Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 7.1Mw
  • Region: SOLOMON ISLANDS
  • Date time: 2010-04-11 at 09:40:31.0UTC
  • Location: 10.90ºS ; 161.16ºE
  • Depth 60 km (+/- 15 km)
  • Distances:
    • 1538 km E Port moresby (pop 283,733 ; local time 19:40 2010-04-11)
    • 213 km SE Honiara (pop 56,298 ; local time 20:40 2010-04-11)
    • 94 km SW Kira kira (pop 1,122 ; local time 20:40 2010-04-11)
  • Source:  European-Mediterranean Seismological Center

Earthquake Location Map. Click image to enlarge.

Tsunami Evaluation:
A destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected. However, local tsunami may occur. “Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.” PTWC said.

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Powerful Aftershocks Still Striking Solomon Isles

Posted by feww on January 6, 2010

Aftershocks Continue to Strike Solomon Islands

Seven fishermen from Viru in the Western Province were reported missing amid continuing aftershocks, the Solomon Star newspaper reported. The seven have not been seen since Monday’s mainshock and tsunami.

As of posting, 8 more aftershock Measuring greater than M5.0 have struck near the epicenter of the mainshock that occurred on January 4. See:

The largest of these aftershocks measured up to 7.2Mw.

The Solomon Islands region, which comprises a section of the Pacific Ring of Fire, is particularly prone to earthquakes because of the above average rate of convergence of the Australia and Pacific tectonic plates in the region.

The down-going slab of the Australian plate is overridden by leading edge of the Pacific Plate at a rate of about 10 cm/yr near the location where the shocks occurred.

As the subducting plate is forced into the earth’s mantle, the more brittle areas of the crust is crushed resulting in the release of stress energy—earthquakes.


Damage from Monday’s mainshock and tsunami to an unidentified village in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Credit: Regional Assistance Mission To Solomon Islands (handout via Reuters).


Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

Details of the largest aftershock:

  • Magnitude: 6.9 [Maximum EQ magnitude estimated at 7.2 Mw by FireEarth - USGS/EHP may be systematically downgrading earthquakes by an average of 0.3Mw, probably for political reasons]
  • Date-Time:
    • Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 12:15:36 UTC
    • Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 11:15:36 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 8.886°S, 157.522°E
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
  • Region:  SOLOMON ISLANDS
  • Distances:
    • 115 km (70 miles) SE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isl.
    • 190 km (120 miles) WSW of Dadali, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
    • 275 km (170 miles) WNW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    • 2115 km (1310 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 7.2 km (4.5 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010rca2

Tsunami Evaluation:

No tsunami reported.

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Solomon Isles Tsunami Destroyed Several Villages

Posted by feww on January 5, 2010

UPDATED Jan 6, 2010

Solomon Isles villages destroyed by tsunami, 9 additional aftershocks strike region

As of posting, at least three villages on Solomon Isles are believed to have been destroyed or damaged by a tsunami, 9 additional aftershocks, 8 of which measured greater than M5.0, have struck near the epicenter of the mainshock.

Main Entry: Powerful Earthquakes Strike Solomon Islands


Deep scars on the hillside caused by Monday’s mainshock  in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Credit: Regional Assistance Mission To Solomon Islands (handout via Reuters).

  • The mainshock which struck  on Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 22:37 UTC generated a 3-m high,  destructive tsunami.
  • The tsunami slammed on the shores of Rendova Island and neighboring Tetepare Island at about 9:30 am local time on Monday (UTC + 11:00 Hours)
  • At least 3 villages have been devastated, or damaged.
  • Up to 70 homes on Baniata village on Rendova Island were reported as destroyed or damaged.
  • The final damage toll may be much higher, local authorities said.
  • No death or injuries reported because tsunami occurred during the day and the residents managed to flee to higher grounds.
  • 9 additional aftershocks, 8 of which measured greater than M5.0, have struck near the epicenter of the mainshock.
  • The largest of the aftershocks measured up to 6.4Mw, and struck at a depth of about 35km some 35 km  SE of Gizo (8.346°S, 157.067°E), New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isles on Monday, January 04, 2010 at 11:28 UTC.
  • The latest aftershocks sent frightened villagers in the Western province of Solomon Islands again running to higher grounds fearing another tsunami.
  • Landslides were reported on Rendova and Tetepari islands.
  • Seven fishermen are reported missing.
  • No serious injuries reported.
  • About a third of the island of Rendova’s population of 3,500 people have been affected after more than 200 “houses” were destroyed.

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Powerful Earthquakes Strike Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on January 4, 2010

Two Powerful Quakes Strike Solomon Islands SSE of Gizo

A powerful earthquake Measuring up to 7.5Mw struck 105 km (65 miles) SSE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isl. at a depth of about  45 km on  January 3 at about 22:37 UTC.  A strong foreshock measuring up to M6.8, preceded  the Mainshock about an hour earlier.

As of posting, at least one aftershock measuring up to 5.4 Mw was reported.

10-degree Map Centered at 10°S,155°E


Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details (mainshock)

  • Magnitude:  [Maximum EQ magnitude estimated at 7.5 Mw by FireEarth]
  • Date-Time:
    • Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 22:36:30 UTC
    • Monday, January 04, 2010 at 09:36:30 AM at epicenter
  • Location 8.912°S, 157.307°E
  • Depth 30.5 km (19.0 miles)
  • Region SOLOMON ISLANDS
  • Distances:
    • 105 km (65 miles) SSE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isl.
    • 210 km (130 miles) WSW of Dadali, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
    • 295 km (185 miles) WNW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    • 2100 km (1310 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 8.5 km (5.3 miles); depth +/- 3.6 km (2.2 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:us2010rabw

Earthquake Details (foreshock)

  • Magnitude 6.5  [Maximum EQ magnitude estimated at 6.8  Mw by FireEarth]
  • Date-Time:
    • Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 21:48:06 UTC
  • Location:  8.880°S, 157.325°E
  • Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Distances
    • 90 km (55 miles) SSE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isl.
    • 215 km (135 miles) WSW of Dadali, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
    • 310 km (190 miles) WNW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    • 2115 km (1310 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 10.1 km (6.3 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010rabr

Historic Seismicity


Tsunami Warning

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii earlier said the earthquakes generated  a 6cm (NON-Destructve) tsunami.

“[The tsunami] may have been destructive along the coasts near the earthquake epicentre.” It said.

NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami was NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast.  However, local tsunamis may occur from underwater landslides at coastal locations which have experienced strong ground shaking.

An 8.1Mw quake struck about 60km NW of this earthquake on April 1, 2007, triggering  a tsunami near Solomon Islands which crashed into the town of Gizo the capital of the Solomon Islands Western Province (population 6,500),  killing 52 people (official death toll) and destroying almost the entire town. More than 5,400 people were left homeless.

In Tajikistan meanwhile

News agencies reported that a 5.5Mw earthquake which struck Tajikistan on Saturday had destroyed more than 1,000 houses. There were no reports of human casualties as of posting.

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Image of the day

Posted by feww on June 10, 2008

Kolombangara


Mount Veve is an extinct volcano on Kolombangara, in the Solomon Islands, at 7.95° S 157.0666667° E.

Kolombangara is an island in the New Georgia Islands group of the Solomon Islands. Almost perfectly round in shape and about 15 km across, the island is a stratovolcano that reaches an altitude of 1,768 meters at Mount Veve. The island forms part of the southern boundary of the New Georgia Sound; to the northwest the Vella Gulf separates it from Vella Lavella and Gizo, while to the southeast New Georgia lies across the Kula Gulf.

Kolombangara is heavily forested, with few inhabitants. The name is from a local language, a rough translation of its meaning is “Water Lord” with approximately 80 rivers and streams running down its flanks. [Full Article]

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