Solomon Islands tsunami will not endanger wider region

By agency reporter
9 Feb 2013

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific has triggered a localised tsunami and killed a number of people.

But the natural disaster does not threaten the wider region, aid and development NGOs and climate analysts say.

Mike Noyes, Head of Humanitarian Programmes for CAFOD, the England and Wales Catholic relief agency spoke to Laura Bruce from Caritas Australia’s Humanitarian Emergency Group after the quake.

Ms Bruce said: “Caritas Australia has a team in the Solomon Islands and they are following up with local partners in the Dioceses of Auki and Honiara with a view to providing any support that may be needed. The affected area is three days by boat from the capital of the Solomon Islands, because the local airstrip has been damaged by the tsunami.”

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued a tsunami warning for several countries in the area, including Papua New Guinea and Fiji. But the centre later cancelled the alert after reassessing the relevant data.

It also called off a tsunami watch it had sent out for a larger number of countries in the region such as New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.

CAFOD announced at the end of last week: "We are continuing to assess the situation alongside Caritas Australia and their local partners."

* CAFOD: http://www.cafod.org.uk/

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