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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- VolcanoWatch Weekly [26 Oct 2009] – Includes Forecast