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12 Dec 2016 description

Disaster officials in Solomon Islands arrived in the provincial capital of the earthquake affected Makira and Ulawa Province this morning {MON} on the police patrol boat and are preparing to travel to affected communities beginning today

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12 Dec 2016 description

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Australia's decision to take another step back from international broadcasting by ceasing its far reaching border crossing shortwave radio services has raised questions about who will fill the void.

12 Dec 2016 description

World Vision in Solomon Islands says disaster preparedness was key in saving lives after the country was rattled by two powerful earthquakes.

On Friday, a magnitude-7.8 tremor struck off Makira Island, south-east of the capital Honiara, followed by Saturday's magnitude-7.0 quake.

Both quakes triggered tsunami warnings which were lifted a short time later.

Janes Ginting, the director of World Vision in Solomon Islands, said at least 100 houses have been destroyed or damaged, including some which were washed away by waves generated by the initial quake.

11 Dec 2016 description


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.

10 Dec 2016 description

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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10 Dec 2016 description


• 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.

10 Dec 2016 description

by Reuters
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.

09 Dec 2016 description

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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09 Dec 2016 description

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

09 Dec 2016 description

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.

The situation

09 Dec 2016 description
report Save the Children

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.

09 Dec 2016 description


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

09 Dec 2016 description


  • 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

09 Dec 2016 description

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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09 Dec 2016 description

By Eric Tlozek and wires

Key points:

  • 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.