On the morning of 4 January 2010, two earthquakes-magnitude 6.6 and 7.2, with epicentres West South West of the island of Honiara-struck the Solomon Islands within an hour of each other. The earthquakes and subsequent large waves and landslides damaged houses and boats on the islands of Rendova and Tetepare.
Initial reports show that around 200-500 families have been displaced due to the earthquakes. Assessment on the health impact of this emergency is currently being done.
The population living in affected areas is estimated at 3 679 people. No deaths have been reported. At least one person-from the village of Baniata on Rendova island-has been reported injured.
The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office has dispatched a rapid assessment team and relief goods to the affected areas. The Government is also coordinating with international partners for possible aid.
International partners are coordinating with the Government for provision of any needed support.
WHO is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the Solomon Islands for the provision of additional aid and services that may be needed in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
National Disaster Management Office January 2010 Earthquake Report 1, 4 January 2010
For further information please contact:
WHO Solomon Islands
Dr William Adu-Krow
Country Liaison Officer
Tel : (677) 23406
Fax: (677) 21344
WHO Regional Office
Dr Arturo Pesigan
Tel: (632) 528 9810
Fax: (632) 528 9072