South Pacific Tsunami: Australia on alert Solomon islands badly hit

2 04 2007

It’s a major wave sparked by what scientists are saying was a massive 8.0 Earthquake in the Pacific. Repots say many south pacific island badly hit in what seems to be one of the worst disasters to hit the area in recent times.

[“… U.S. Geological Survey: quake measured magnitude-8.0 and struck at 7:39 a.m. about 6 miles beneath the sea floor, 217 miles northwest of the capital, Honiara. …”]


Earthquake Details

Magnitude 8.0
  • Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 20:39:56 (UTC)
    = Coordinated Universal Time
  • Monday, April 2, 2007 at 7:39:56 AM
    = local time at epicenter
  • Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 8.453°S, 156.957°E
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
    Distances 40 km (25 miles) SSE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isl.
    200 km (125 miles) S of Chirovanga, Choiseul, Solomon Islands
    345 km (215 miles) WNW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    2145 km (1330 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 9.3 km (5.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters Nst=152, Nph=152, Dmin=345.9 km, Rmss=1.18 sec, Gp= 43°,
    M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2007aqbk
    • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.


    more reports:

    Tsunami Hits Solomon Islands; South Pacific Region Put on Alert
    Bloomberg – The Solomon Islands, about 2500 kilometers from the eastern coast of Australia, has a population of about 550000 people and experiences frequent earth …
    Tsunami strikes Solomon Islands BBC Bulgaria
    Tsunami creates havoc in Solomon Islands Sahara Samay
    Tsunami waves hit Solomon Islands Radio New Zealand
    Columbus Dispatch
    all 816 news articles »

    This is one of the areas feared hit – a video posted recently shows happy times a local beach there per this post on you tube no videos yet of the places that may be affected and the damage online.

    Another video shows how life is on a daily basis on these Islands, Being a ‘Islander ‘ myself I know what it must be like for these people cut off and affected as reports say the first problem always is communication and the inability to move in rapidly assistance considering distance.

    As this video shows the area is very popular with western tourists:




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