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In the Solomon Islands tsunami struck

April 2 2007
16:09

In the Solomon Islands tsunami struck today. The number of victims is growing.

Wave heights of five meters and simply washed into the ocean several coastal villages. The two largest cities of the island state is fully flooded. 15 people were killed and hundreds missing. Final figures will be known when rescuers reach the affected areas, now no connection with them there.

The tsunami was the result of the earthquake that happened today in the Pacific - force tremor is estimated at 8 on the Richter scale. Because of the threat of "big wave" alert was declared in Papua - New Guinea and Australia, but on the way to Green mainland tsunami has lost its force and destruction to no avail.

The most affected city of the homonymous island of Gizo, which is located 380 km north-west of the capital. Now he is almost completely flooded, destroyed dozens of homes. Local officials acknowledge that they have a full picture. Unable to restore telephone service to the affected areas. According to some estimates, only in Gizo housing lost to three thousand people.

In the next few hours will go to the Solomon Islands group of medics and lifeguards are deployed field hospitals, and will provide comprehensive assistance. In the north-east coast of Australia announced assault prevention. Here, waiting for "big wave". Meanwhile, the echo of the tsunami, which had sunk to the territory of Russia, were quite small.

Tsunamis in the Pacific, the phenomenon is not rare. Oceania and Indonesia - part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, tectonic plates that form the bottom of the Indian and western Pacific oceans, go there under the Asian plate. As a result of frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. NTV reports.

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