Solomons Islands Quakes damages 500 homes
In series of twelve (12) earthquakes over 26 hours from 7.2 magnitude to 4.7 magnitude in the Solomon Islands region of the Pacific Ocean, upward of 500 homes have been damaged and a small "local" tsunami waves was created by the 7.2 quake. The damage is still being assessed by local officials, while property damages seems great or extensive, reports are stating that personnel injuries are minimum or small considering the magnitude of the quakes and that it was day time in the region.
""There are 500 homes that have been affected but not all have been totally destroyed," Disaster Management Office spokesman Julian Makaa told AFP after officials took a reconnaissance flight over remote islands near the epicentre."
"A patrol boat carrying water, food and tarpaulins was dispatched from the capital Honiara for the worst affected areas of Rendova island and Marova Lagoon about 300km away, Makaa said." Source: The Sydney morning Herald
~ ~ Update: "Loti Yates, the director of the Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office, stated:
"The quake frightened a lot of people into running away from their coastal villages," and fleeing for higher ground Yates said. He added that landslides had occurred on Rendova and Tetepare islands following the 7.2 quake and an earlier 6.5 tremor.
"We are still waiting for the latest reports since the survey of the area yesterday," Yates said. The office said damage was caused by the earthquakes and a tsunami of up to eight feet (almost 2.5 metres), according to officials in the region. Source: The Sydney morning Herald
Other info in the region (below):
~ ~ The magnitude and times of the earthquakes below from first to last as of 2010-01-04 ~ ~
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