A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake has set off a tsunami that has killed at least five people in a remote part of the Solomon Islands.
The massive loss of life in last year's tsunami disaster in Japan has trimmed the average life expectancy of the country's women.
Thailand has cancelled a tsunami warning in six of its Andaman coast provinces issued after a huge earthquake struck of the coast of Indonesia.
A tsunami alert has been issued for the entire Indian ocean region after a quake near Sumatra -- but whether a giant wave is on the way isn't known.
A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck the Santa Cruz islands, part of the Pacific's Solomons group -- but there is no threat of a tsunami.
Scores of villagers on a remote Japanese island chain in the Pacific scrambled for higher ground after 7,4-magnitude offshore quake sparked an alert.