Aid Worker Diary: Solomon Islands Earthquake and Tsunami

On 6 February 2013, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake set off a small but powerful tsunami that sent 1.5-metre waves roaring inland on Santa Cruz Island, a remote area in the Solomon Islands archipelago of the Pacific. Nearly 40 per cent of the houses on the island were either damaged or destroyed and an estimated 60 per cent of the population was affected. OCHA’s Rashmi Rita travelled from Fiji to the Solomon Islands to support the emergency response on one of the first flights that was able to land.

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