Solomon Islands Earthquake Triggers Tsunami

A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific triggered a tsunami of up to 5 feet high, damaging several villages and leaving several people missing, presumed dead.   Five villages on Santa Cruz and neighboring islands were reported to have been struck, two or three of which were severely damaged. Thanks to Alaric Bond and Phil Leon for contributing to this post.

Earthquake and Tsunami Hits Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands earthquake triggers tsunami

The tsunami formed after a magnitude-8.0 quake near the town of Lata, on Santa Cruz in Temotu, the easternmost province in the Solomons, about a three-hour flight from the capital, Honiara. Temotu has a population of around 30,000

The Solomons comprise more than 200 islands with a population of about 552,000 people. The islands lie on the “Ring of Fire” – an arc that stretches around the Pacific rim and where about 90% of the world’s quakes occur.

The US geological survey said Wednesday’s quake struck 81km (50 miles) west of Lata at a depth of 28.7km.

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2 Responses to Solomon Islands Earthquake Triggers Tsunami

  1. Phil says:

    There have been several smaller quakes before the big one and several after-shocks, one recently was a 7 about 3:15Est.

    The USGS site lists them all at center page:

  2. Matt Maddox says:

    The Solomon Islands 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Feb 6, 2013 at 0112 UTC. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake – location not specified – was predicted for Feb 6 at 1700 UTC on
    A precise symmetric pattern of both Saturn and Uranus with Pollux in the constellation Gemini was active on this date. Other symmetric subpatterns contributed to this intense event. Please check for a diagram of the symmetry within the ecliptic plane.