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12 Jan 2018 description


Establishment of Pacific Shelter Cluster: 2012, Fiji: 2012, Solomon Islands: 2014, Vanuatu: 2014, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands: in process Recent activations: Feb 2016 TC Winston in Fiji, March 2015 TC Pam in Vanuatu.

Recent national responses with regional support and number of people reached with emergency shelter:

Dec 2016
Makira EQ/tsunami in Solomon Islands 5,004

May 2017
TC Donna in Vanuatu 2,564

30 Sep 2017 description

This final report provides an overview of the operation which concluded on 31 May 2017. An allocation of CHF 161,163 was made from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 9 December 2016 of which CHF 141,516 was utilized. The balance of CHF 19,647 will be returned to the DREF. On behalf of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, the IFRC would like to thank the Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government for the generous contribution to the replenishment of this disaster relief emergency fund (DREF).

A. Situation analysis

10 Jul 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) On Jan. 28, 2017, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook the western region of the Solomon Islands, leaving houses destroyed and affecting Salesian programs. Earthquakes of such magnitude are common in the region, which sits on what is known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a hot spot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. In Nila (Shortland Islands), the Salesian kindergarten and local water system were completely destroyed. Salesian missionaries are currently seeking funding to rebuild their programs and help the local community.

21 Apr 2017 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This update details progress of the operation from its commencement on 9 December 2016 until 31 March 2017. Due to a lower actual number of non-food item (NFI) distributions and therefore reduced replenishment requirements than anticipated at the time of the DREF request, and further reconciliation of the stock up to early April, this update extends the operation timeframe to 31 May 2017 to allow:

02 Mar 2017 description


  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

07 Feb 2017 description

HONIARA, 3 February 2017 -- WHO and UNICEF are partnering with local civil society and the provincial government to deliver health and education supplies to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude December earthquake in Makira province.

A second shipment of emergency supplies which included an additional 10 tents and 35 tarpaulins are used by health centres and schools.

WHO Representative in Solomon Islands Dr. Sevil Huseynova and UNICEF Solomon Islands Chief of Field Office Mr. Yun Jong Kang visited affected clinics, schools and communities in Makira province.

06 Feb 2017 description

Provincial governments and aid organisations are still working to provide emergency supplies and assistance to people in Solomon Islands who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

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26 Jan 2017 description

There have been 14 earthquakes greater than Magnitude 6.0 since November 2016. Over 9000 people affected and about 4000 houses damaged in Makira and Malaita provinces of Solomon Islands in December 2016.

Other earthquakes escaped major damage, however humanitarian partners in the region are monitoring the occurence of earthquakes and are on high alert for possible response

20 Jan 2017 description

Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are concerned powerful aftershocks will cause more damage to infrastructure already weakened by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

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11 Jan 2017 description

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Solomon Islands early this morning, in an area plagued by tremors since early December.

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05 Jan 2017 description

Cases of diarrhoea and conjunctivitis have increased in quake affected communities in Solomon Islands says the aid agency UNICEF.

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24 Dec 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred at 4.39 am on 9 December 2016 near 62km west-south-west of Kirakira in Makira Province, Solomon Islands. More than 40 aftershocks have followed and are still being experienced throughout parts of the Solomon Islands.

22 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred on 9 December near Solomon Islands claimed the life of one person and injured another, damaged or destroyed 439 homes and damaged 21 schools and four health clinics, according to initial damage assessments

• The Weather Coast area of Makira Province, southern Malaita Province and eastern Guadalcanal Province were the most severely impacted; Provincial Emergency Response Teams are verifying the severity and scale of the impact

21 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

20 Dec 2016 description

Shelter, health and education are the priority areas for authorities responding to recent quakes in Solomon Islands.

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19 Dec 2016 description


Intensity class V:

Almost everyone feels movement whether inside or outdoors. Sleeping people are awakened. Liquids in containers are disturbed; some are spilled. Small unstable objects are displaced or overturned. Doors swing, close, or open. Shutters, pictures on the wall move.

Concepts and definitions

18 Dec 2016 description

Outcome of Livelihoods Committee 72 hour Assessment Training applied to the recent earthquake, Workshop sponsored by regional WFP VAM Unit and coordinated by the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster. Finalized and endorsed by Livelihoods Committee Vhair on December 16th, 2016.

14 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck 62 kilometres west southwest of the Makira provincial capital of Kirakira at 4:39 a.m. on 9 December

  • Tsunami warning and watch were cancelled on 9 December Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office issued an “all clear” message at 10:25 a.

  • Provinces of Makira and Malaita were most severely affected