Solomon Islands Hit with Eighth Earthquake in Two Days

HONIARA, Solomon Islands, Jan. 5 (UPI) — The Solomon Islands were hit by a strong earthquake late Tuesday, a day after a series of quakes produced a 10-foot tsunami, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake, which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale, struck at 11:15 p.m. local time and was followed by a series of aftershocks early Wednesday. Geologists told CNN the latest quake was in a remote area where the nearest islands have few inhabitants, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The largest in a series of seven quakes Monday measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.

The United Nations Children’s Fund was able to provide aid quickly after the tsunami because staffers were in the Solomons working on reconstruction from a 2007 tsunami, Voice of America reported. Tanya McBride, a UNICEF spokeswoman, said teams were sent to assess damage on Rendova and Tetepare islands.

“And this has followed initial reports that Rendova island has been severely affected with houses damaged and areas inundated by water,” she said. “At the moment, we understand there are 3,600 people living on Rendova island. It is unclear how great the devastation is and it will take several days to understand what the full extent and consequences are because the islands are difficult to access and very remote.”

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