Solomon Islands Slammed by Tsunami

    Image #: 21094585    epa03570079 Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum views computers showing earthquake monitoring data in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 06 February 2013. The Phivolcs issued a tsunami alert One over the country's eastern seabord, but with no orders for evacuation, following a 8.0-magnitude earthquake recorded off the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The Phivolcs lifted the alert by midday of 06 February.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA /LANDOV

    Monitoring earthquake data in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday. (EPA, via Landov)

    At least five people have been killed in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday from a tsunami triggered after a powerful 8.0 earthquake hit in the Pacific. The wave measured three feet and hit near the town of Lata on the remote Santa Cruz Island, although official accounts remained vague as there has been difficulty communicating with the worst-hit areas. About 5,000 people live in Lata, but luckily most in the area had cleared out after the tsunami warning. About three dozen aftershocks—with one reaching up to 6.6 magnitude—have been reported.

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