Solomon Islands tsunami deaths confirmed

Bodies found in wake of waves that swept across Santa Cruz Island after undersea earthquake

Associated Press in Sydney
guardian.co.uk
February 6, 2013

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Tsunami damage in Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. Photograph: AP/World Vision

Six bodies including a child’s have been found in the wreckage from a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the south Pacific island nation.

The 1.5 metre (4ft 11in) waves that roared inland on Santa Cruz Island, in the eastern Solomons, on Wednesday were too fast to outrun for five elderly villagers and one child, who died after being sucked under the rushing water, said George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister.

Several other people were still missing and dozens of strong aftershocks were keeping frightened villagers from returning to the coast, Herming said.

“People are still scared of going back to their homes because there’s nothing left, so they are residing in temporary shelters on higher ground,” Herming said.

The tsunami was generated by a powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Lata, on Santa Cruz in Temotu, the easternmost province in the Solomons. Temotu has a population of about 30,000.

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Tsunami Warning Solomon Islands: A picture showing the region affected by the massive waves. International Digital Times

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