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Tsunami Strikes Solomon Islands Solomon Islands, February 7, 13

A powerful undersea earthquake triggered a small tsunami on Wednesday in the Solomon Islands, a country in the South Pacific known for its rich tuna fishing grounds, and at least nine people are dead with about 100 homes damaged or destroyed.

The tsunami sent 1.5-meter waves inland on Santa Cruz Island and hit Temotu, the eastern-most province in the Solomons, which has a population of about 30,000.

The damage appears to be concentrated on the west side of Santa Cruz, and five villages have been reportedly wiped out. Authorities and relief workers are struggling to reach the remote region because the tsunami flooded the nearest airstrip and left it littered with debris.
So far, there have been no reports of tuna purse seiners or tuna fishermen being harmed as a result of the tsunami. There has also been no report of disruptions to the local tuna cannery, Tri-Marine’s Soltai, which is located in Noro in the Western Province.