An undersea strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred at 4:39 am on Friday 9 th December 2016, 62km west southwest of Kirakira, Makira Province, Solomon Islands.
Following this earthquake, tsunami warning was issued for Makira and Temotu, and a Tsunami watch for Malaita, Guadalcanal, Renbel and Isabel. Although aftershocks are still being felt, all warnings and watch advice have now been cancelled and an all clear has being issued.
Disaster officials in Solomon Islands have made an initial assessment that 3,712 people have been affected by a spate of earthquakes over the past two days.
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• An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 Mw at a depth of 41 km occurred off the southwestern coast of Makira island (Solomon Islands), on 8 December at 17.38 UTC. The epicentre was located approx. 69 km west-southwest of Kirakira city (Mkira-Ulawa province). USGS PAGER estimated a shaking up to "Very Strong" for 6 000 people.
Saturday, 10 December 2016 07:52 GMT
Second major tremor in as many days
Initial new tsunami alert lifted
Government scrambling to send supplies (Recasts; adds comments from Red Cross, World Vision organisations)
SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands plans to dispatch emergency supplies to areas affected by a 6.9 magnitude aftershock on Saturday, a day after a much larger tremor triggered a tsunami warning that send hundreds of coastal people fleeing into the hills.
An NGO in Solomon Islands is pleased with the disaster preparedness shown by quake affected communities in the Makira and Ulawa Province.
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PDC is responding to the recent M6.9 earthquake reported to have occurred 90KM WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 19:10 UTC on 09 December 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tsunami Threat. Attached is a PDC Situational Awareness Product depicting the reported epicenter and Tsunami Travel Times from the source to coastal locations. Please see below for additional information, as well as monitor DisasterAWARE for further updates.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat message stating
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. The Solomon Island Red Cross Society (SIRCS) will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.
A powerful 7.7M earthquake has struck just off the coast of the Solomon Islands, causing severe shaking in many parts of the country but the worst of the damage is still unknown.
“It was extremely scary, I’ve never felt anything like this,” said John Lilo, Acting Country Director with Save the Children in the Solomon Islands.
“The shaking lasted for about 15 seconds and I thought our whole house was going to collapse. Thankfully it didn’t and there are few reports of damage here in Honiara.
MODIFIED MERCALLI INTENSITY SCALE: 7.5/10
Intensity class VII:
People have difficulty standing. Drivers on the road feel their cars shaking. Furniture may be overturned and broken. Loose bricks fall from buildings and masonry walls and cracks in plaster and masonry may appear. Weak chimneys may break at the roofline. Damage is slight to moderate in well-built structures; considerable in poorly constructed buildings and facilities.
Concepts and definitions
A very strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 8.0 has occurred at 4:39am this morning near 62km West-South-West of Kirakira, Makira Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands, (Latitude 10.7 degrees South and Longitude 161.4 degrees East).
Shaking was strongly felt in Makira, South of Malaita, North of Guadalcanal and Renbel.
Tsunami observed in Makira
The Solomon Islands government has been told about 3,000 people are affected and 40 houses damaged in Solomon Islands following a 7.8 magnitude quake this morning.
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By Eric Tlozek and wires
Earthquake triggered tsunami warnings across the pacific, but PTWC says threat has largely passed
Solomon Islands police still have not heard from southern side of island closest to quake There is no risk to Australia's coastlines
Residents in Solomon Islands were hit by powerful aftershocks following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake which struck 130 kilometres from the capital Honiara.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Diarrhoea: Federate States of Micronesia
· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa
· Vanuatu- As of 8 December there have been thirty (30) suspected cases. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.
· American Samoa: As o 1 December 2016; there have been 1,004 suspected cases of which 58 are laboratory confirmed, since 1 January 2016. Of these confirmed cases; 33 are pregnant women. The weekly number of cases is decreasing.
For the very first time, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been officially activated to support emergency preparedness activities. The request for activation and inclusion of the ETC in the list of Pacific Humanitarian Team clusters was endorsed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on 30 November, with the World Food Programme (WFP) as nominated lead.
Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
6 December 2016
From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific.