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Earthquake in Solomon Islands

Tuesday, 05 January 2010

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Solomon Islands
Date of Charter Activation:
05/01/2010
Charter Requestor:
UNOOSA on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management:
ESA

Description of the event

Several earthquakes have impacted the western part of the Solomon Islands (including one with a 7.2 magnitude) on 4 January with the epicentre near the islands of Tetepare and Rendova, 300 kilometres north-west of Honiara, causing landslides and a small tsunami, with villages being inundated with sea water to over two metres. About 500 houses have been damaged or destroyed, and many people have been displaced.