Solomon Islands

 

Solomons hope to promote World War II tourism

Madeleine Coorey

Anderson Dua likes the way his collection of World War II aircraft lies exposed to the elements, kept almost exactly as they were when downed or abandoned in the battle of Guadalcanal. Pounded by the blazing tropical sun on the jungle's edge outside Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, the planes have been pierced with bullet holes. Dua doesn't believe in repairing them. "It's not interesting," he says.

Strong earthquake hits Solomon Islands

Staff Reporter

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6,9 hit the Solomon Islands on Sunday and could potentially generate local tsunami waves, but a Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, seismologists said. The undersea earthquake struck just after 1am GMT at a depth of 35km, with an aftershock of 4,8 about 20 minutes later.

Solomons aid efforts increase amid disease fears

Neil Sands

Aid agencies stepped up relief efforts in the Solomon Islands on Saturday as aftershocks rocked the region and fears grew of dysentery among the thousands of homeless tsunami victims. Nearly 5 500 people were left homeless in the region by the seismic event, which killed at least 34 people and wiped out entire villages.

More bodies found after Solomons quake disaster

Meraiah Foley

The first boatloads of aid arrived on Tuesday in the Solomon Islands tsunami zone to aid desperate survivors, as more bodies were found amid the rubble triggered by a massive undersea earthquake. Flights over remote coastal villages in the stricken Western Province of the islands on Tuesday reported widespread destruction.

South Pacific quake kills 12

Walter Nalangu

A powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the tiny Solomon Islands on Monday, swallowing entire villages and killing at least 12 people with many more missing. The shallow quake, with a magnitude of at least 8, levelled buildings and damaged a hospital on Gizo island north-west of the Solomons capital, Honiara.

Six killed in South Pacific quake and tsunami

Walter Nalangu

At least six people were killed and entire villages engulfed by the sea after a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the tiny Solomon Islands, triggering a Pacific panic and fears of more deaths. The shallow quake, with a magnitude of at least 8,0, levelled buildings and damaged a hospital on Gizo island north-west of the Solomons capital, Honiara.