posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 02:09 PM
This story is BIG for two reasons:
1) The sheer number of earthquakes in one place and their magnitude.
2) The tsunami and the destruction that it has caused to the residents of these islands.
Destructive tsunami crashes over Solomon Islands
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A tsunami unleashed by a major earthquake plowed into the Solomon Islands on Monday with the crashing waters
devastating at least one village.
Initial reports said no one was seriously hurt.
A series of major quakes have rocked the South Pacific region since Sunday, with three powerful tremblors striking Monday, including a 7.2 magnitude
tremor. The Solomon Island's National Disaster Management Office said reports of the devastation were beginning to filter in late Monday.
The tremors were centered beneath the ocean floor near the town of Gizo, which was badly damaged in April 2007 when a 8.1-magnitude quake sent a
tsunami crashing into the coast, killing more than 50 people.
Monday's tsunami devastated a village on Rendova Island, some 188 miles (300 kilometers) from the capital Honiara, disaster management official Loti
Yates told The Associated Press.
You can find the details of the quakes HERE
, but here is a
snapshot to show you quickly:
OOOPS missed off the 7.2 one but you get the idea!
I wonder if this will signal quakes up and down the Pacific like we had in 2009? We saw a cluster of large quakes in a few days there, I hope for the
sake of the inhabitants of this region it doesn't occur again.
This may be one to keep an eye on ATS!
All the best, Kiwifoot!
(PS I checked the fire-hose, the new topics, the search button and general search and came up blank even though this was about 20 hours ago, sorry
mods if there's a thread on this already!)
[edit on 4-1-2010 by kiwifoot]