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2 Today Tsunami Solomon Islands [Santa Cruz Island coastal area] Damage level
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Tsunami in Solomon Islands on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 05:28 (05:28 AM) UTC.

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A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain Wednesday, but authorities canceled warnings for tsunamis on more distant coasts. There were no initial reports of deaths or injuries. Solomons officials reported two 1.5-meter (4 foot, 11-inch) waves hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island, damaging around 50 homes and properties, said George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister. Many villagers had headed to higher ground as a precaution, Herming said. The tsunami formed after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Lata on Santa Cruz in Temotu province, the easternmost province of the Solomons, about a 3-hour flight from the capital, Honiara. The region has a population of around 30,000 people. In Honiara, the warnings had prompted residents to flee for higher ground. “People are still standing on the hills outside of Honiara just looking out over the water, trying to observe if there is a wave coming in,” Herming said. So far, he had received no reports that a wave had been spotted in Honiara. Atenia Tahu, who works for the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. in Honiara, said most people were remaining calm. “People around the coast and in the capital are ringing in and trying to get information from us and the National Disaster Office and are slowly moving up to higher ground,” Tahu said. “But panic? No, no, no, people are not panicking.”

Tsunami in Solomon Islands on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 05:28 (05:28 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 12:39 UTC
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A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake set off a tsunami that killed at least five people in a remote part of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday and triggered evacuations across the South Pacific as island nations issued tsunami alerts. The quake struck 340 km (211 miles) east of Kira Kira in the Solomons, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said as it issued warnings for the Solomons and other South Pacific nations including Australia and New Zealand. It later canceled the warnings for the outlying regions. A tsunami measuring 0.9 metres (three feet) hit near the town of Lata on the remote Santa Cruz island, swamping some villages and the town’s main airport as people fled to safety on higher ground.

More than three dozen aftershocks up to magnitude 6.6 rocked the region in the hours after the quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Lata hospital’s director of nursing, Augustine Pilve, told New Zealand television that five people had been killed, including a boy about 10 years old, adding that more casualties were possible as officials made their way to at least three villages that may have been hit. “It’s more likely that other villages along the coast of Santa Cruz may be affected,” he said. Disaster officials in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. that they believed six people were dead and that five villages had suffered damage. Solomon Islands Police Commissioner John Lansley said it was too early to fully assess the damage or casualty numbers, and said authorities hoped to send aircraft to the region on Thursday to help determine the extent of the damage. Luke Taula, a fisheries officer in Lata, said he watched the tsunami as it came in small tidal surges rather than as one large wave. “We have small waves come in, then go out again, then come back in. The waves have reached the airport terminal,” he told Reuters by telephone. The worst damage was to villages on the western side of a point that protects the main township, he said.

Today Tsunami New Caledonia North Province, Hienghene Damage level
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Tsunami in New Caledonia on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 04:04 (04:04 AM) UTC.

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Tsunami wave has been observed in Hienghene, North Province, New Caledonia following the M 8.0 earthquake. The observed tsunami wave height was 55 centimetres (1.8 feet). Other information not available yet.

Today Tsunami New Caledonia Loyalty Islands, Lifou Damage level
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Tsunami in New Caledonia on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 04:02 (04:02 AM) UTC.

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Tsunami wave has been observed in Luganville, Sanma Province, New Caledonia following the M 8.0 earthquake. The observed tsunami wave height was 48 centimetres (1.6 feet). Other information not available yet.

1 Today Tsunami Vanuatu Sanma Province, Luganville Damage level
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Tsunami in Vanuatu on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 03:42 (03:42 AM) UTC.

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Tsunami wave has been observed in Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanatu following the M 8.0 earthquake. The observed tsunami wave height was 11 centimetres (0.4 feet). Other information not available yet.

Tsunami in Vanuatu on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 03:42 (03:42 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 05:31 UTC
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An official at the disaster management office in Vanuatu said there were no reports of damage or injuries there.

Today Tsunami American Samoa [Lata Wharf] Damage level
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Tsunami in American Samoa on Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 03:38 (03:38 AM) UTC.

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Tsunami wave has been observed in Lata Wharf, Samoa following the M 8.0 earthquake. The observed tsunami wave height was 90 centimetres (3 feet). Other information not available yet.

Expanding Regional Tsunami Warning Cancellation in Santa Cruz Islands, Pacific Ocean

GuID: pacific.TSUPAC.2013.02.06.0347
Date/Time: 2013-02-06 03:47:19
Source: PTWC
Area: Pacific Ocean
Location: Santa Cruz Islands
Magnitude: M 8
Depth: 33 km
Tsunami observed: Yes, tsunami wave has been observed.

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