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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:05 AM

Entire Villages Wiped Out as Tsunami Hits Solomon Islands

Source: ABC

Information is sketchy, but the news from the Solomon Islands Monday is ominous. What we know is that a tsunami struck the island nation in the South Pacific. The dreaded word brings back memories of the 2004 catastrophe in which 230-thousand people died. Early reports say 13 people are dead, but that figure is almost certain to grow.

Solomon Islanders say the 8.0 quake was followed by a wave as high as 15-feet that left destruction in its wake. A massive undersea earthquake brought a tsunami to the islands early Monday, destroying at least one community.

"The wave went up to the wall of the Gizo prison," says Peter Marshall, Solomon Islands Deputy Police Commissioner.

Prisoners have been evacuated to higher ground. And in Taro, there is also a situation where the police have gone up into the higher ground areas with members of the public.

Read more: http://www.news10.com/Global/story.asp?s=6320083&clienttype=printable

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Turborama Feb 2013 OP
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #1
PearliePoo2 Feb 2013 #2
Berlum Feb 2013 #13
Deep13 Feb 2013 #3
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #4
freshwest Feb 2013 #5
bench scientist Feb 2013 #6
Trajan Feb 2013 #7
Hekate Feb 2013 #8
starroute Feb 2013 #9
Babette Feb 2013 #10
Le Taz Hot Feb 2013 #11
wickerwoman Feb 2013 #12
niyad Feb 2013 #14

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:21 AM

1. Oh no........

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:29 AM

2. Good grief!!

There have been 73 aftershocks already...they're occuring every couple of minutes!

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Response to PearliePoo2 (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:02 AM

13. Holy Global Frack-Whack!

Mother Earth shaking the plates.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:36 AM

3. Holy shit!

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:37 AM

4. kick!

 

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:45 AM

5. That is really bad news.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:47 AM

6. horrible

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:50 AM

7. Tsunami is awful ...

I dreaded this result ... damnit ...

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Response to Trajan (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:05 AM

8. Me too. An 8.0 magnitude earthquake is devastating...

Tsunami from it is likewise. I'm so sorry for those islanders.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:28 AM

9. Oh, crap

Is there any word on whether this is likely to strike further away? Indonesia, Japan, and New Zealand were all named in the original watches. Has it already reached any of them. (I guess New Zealand is closest.)

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Response to starroute (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:15 AM

10. We had a tsunami watch here on Guam

The wave was expected to reach us around 4:22. The watches were canceled well before then. It's now after 6pm, and everything here is OK.

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Response to Babette (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:24 AM

11. Thank you for the information.

My heart and thoughts are with the Pacific Islanders.

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Response to starroute (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:27 AM

12. There's a tsunami watch in New Zealand

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10863797

but it's unlikely to cause serious damage. The first waves arrived about an hour ago.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:24 AM

14. how utterly horrible--heard nothing about this on monday

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