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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tsunami Hits Solomon Islands

From the Detroit Free Press:
A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific generated a tsunami Wednesday that damaged dozens of homes in the Solomon Islands.

Wave warnings that were issued earlier for distant coasts have been cancelled.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami of about a meter (3 feet) was measured in Lata wharf, in the Solomon Islands. The center said a 12-centimeter (4.8-inch) wave was observed in neighboring Vanuatu.

The tsunami formed after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake near Lata in Temotu province, the easternmost province of the Solomons, about a 3-hour flight from the capital, Honiara. The region has a population of around 30,000 people.

In Honiara, the warning prompted residents to flee for higher ground.
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