Solomon Islands Tsunami Leaves Over 1,000 Homeless

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake triggered landslides and a tsunami that struck the Solomon Islands on Monday, leaving more than 1,000 people homeless but none dead or injured, according to initial reports.

Officials say the tsunami wave triggered by the quake was around ten feet high when it plowed into the coast but that residents had acted quickly with memories of earlier disasters still fresh in their minds.

Three months earlier, a quake-churned tsunami killed more than 200 on nearby Samoa and Tonga. And in April 2007, a tsunami had killed more than 50 people in the thousand-island country.

The Solomon Islands, which lie east of Papua New Guinea, rest on the "Ring of Fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim and where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur.

Monday's quake was Solomon Islands' first and the largest this week, with at least nine other quakes greater than magnitude 5.0 having rocked the earthquake-prone region, including three Tuesday night.

The island that was hit on Monday, Rendova, is home to only 3,600 – more than 1,000 of which have been affected after some 200 houses were destroyed by the quake.

Emergency food, water and tarpaulins are currently being shipped in.

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