Monday, July 5, 2010

Travel in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands en-us-Solomon Islands.It is a state of Oceania, east of Papua New Guinea, consisting of nearly one thousand islands. It covers a land mass of 28,400 square kilometres . The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal.A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strike near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific on Monday with the potential to cause a local tsunami, seismologists said.

No tsunami alert was issued but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said quakes of this size could create local tsunamis "that can be destructive along coasts located within a few hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicentre."

Like much of the Pacific, the Solomons frequently experiences earthquakes.Gizo harbour lost most of it wharves and jetties in the quake and subsequent tsunami.Villages and resorts in Samoa, American Samoa and northern Tonga were flattened by the giant waves generated by the massive earthquake, the strongest in a nearly a century.

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