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The tsunami has almost completely flooded the city of Gizo in the western part of the Solomon Islands
The tsunami has almost completely flooded the city of Gizo in the western part of the Solomon Islands. According to unconfirmed reports, eight people, including six children are killed, and dozens of houses are destroyed in the city. Contradicting reports are coming about missing people. No steady phone communication has been restored with Gizo yet. A spokesman for the archipelago’s government said on Monday this region was seriously damaged, about 60 houses were destroyed there. However, he acknowledged that these reports are preliminary. Local residents, who managed to get on the line, said the tsunami wave was of human height. According to other reports, the tsunami wave was 3-5 meters high. An earthquake with a magnitude of eight points on the Richter scale, which triggered the tsunami, rocked 40 kilometers southeast of Gizo at 07.39 local time (00.39 Moscow time). The earthquake nested at the depth of ten kilometers under the Pacific bottom and 348 kilometers northwest of the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. The first earthquake followed another one with a magnitude of 6.7 points on the Richter scale. Aftershocks are shattering the disaster area. There are reports that the cities of Munda and Taro in the western Solomon Islands were also seriously damaged as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. This country is situated in the south-western part of the Pacific about on a hundred islands east of the New Guinea Island. The Solomon Islands became independent from Britain in 1978. About 480,000 people, including more than 90 percent of them are Melanesians, live in the Solomon Islands. They mainly work in the forestry industry and procurement of cocoa nuts.
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