Solomons quake precedes tsunami


Landslides and a tsunami have destroyed the homes of about one-third of the population on one of the islands in the Solomons, but lives were spared as residents fled quickly to higher ground. From the air, extensive damage could be seen on a remote western island yesterday after a 7.2-magnitude tremor triggered the landslides in the Solomon Islands, said disaster management office director Loti Yates. Officials said no injuries were reported some 30 hours after the biggest in a series of quakes churned a tsunami that was up to 3m high as it ploughed into the coast. But more than 1000 people have been affected after about 200 houses were destroyed on Rendova, an island 300km from the capital, Honiara. Only 3600 people live on Rendova.