Solomon Islands Quake – Strong Aftershocks Continue

Strong aftershocks following the magnitude 8 great earthquake in the Solomon Islands yesterday have been occurring at a steady rate.

Nineteen earthquakes of magnitude 5 or greater have struck the Solomon Islands in the 16 hours that have elapsed since the magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck near Gizo in the New Georgia Islands.

All of the aftershocks have been shallow according to data supplied by the US Geological Survey, with fifteen events registering magnitude 5 and four registering magnitude 6.

News reports indicate that damage from the earthquake and tsunami that generated waves nearly 2 metres in height close to the epicentre has been severe for inhabitants of Gizo and nearby islands with water, food and shelter desperately needed.

Shallow seismic activity has increased in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, as a result of the quake, with two magnitude 4 events and one magnitude 5 event reported since the great quake struck yesterday morning, New Zealand time.

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