10 Foot Tsunami Seen in Solomon Islands after Monday's Earthquakes

HONIARA, Solomon Islands, Jan. 5 (UPI) — A series of earthquakes in the Solomon Island generated a 10-foot tsunami, an official said Tuesday.

Loti Yates, a local disaster management official, told The Times of London Monday’s series of powerful earthquakes produced a sizable tsunami.

“One report from police was that one village was hit by a 6-foot to 10-foot wall of sea water,” Yates told the newspaper. “It was a total inundation police saw in a flyover.”

Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Peter Marshall told The Times while hundreds of villagers had been affected, no deaths or injuries were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the Solomon Islands were hit by seven earthquakes, with the strongest registering a magnitude of 7.2.

CNN reported the string of earthquakes struck the island country during a 10-hour period starting at 8:48 a.m. local time and resulted in a total of 16 homes being destroyed and one village being evacuated.

The National Disaster Management Office said an additional 60 homes were damaged.

The Geological Survey said the first quake to hit the region had a magnitude of 6.5 and was followed by the 7.2-magnitude quake and five additional quakes with a magnitude of at least 5.

Copyright 2010 by United Press International

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