The entire area of the Solomon islands is in a state of emergency as more aftershocks have hit the are, with a 7.1 earthquake striking on 2/8/2013. The small 5 foot tsunami waved wiped out a village and destroyed 100 homes, and affecting 7,000 families in the area.
The staff that is attempting to help out in the relief effort is struggling to get into the area to help with more earthquakes taking place.
Here is a quote from one of the staff members:
“My staff said it felt stronger than the initial earthquake and people are very concerned. Most of Lata town was evacuated. It’s like a ghost town,” Catford said. “We’ve had over 115 aftershocks, but unlike all the others, this one moved vertically up and down. For the first time, it’s created cracks in the roads.”
The good news to report is that there was no a tsunami to report for the area as the 7.1 earthquake hit the area on Friday. So far 9 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage which included elderly men and a child. Many residents living in the area have moved further in-land to avoid being affected by more tsunami waves, as aftershocks have continued, with over 100 earthquakes in the area as of late.
Here is the long list of magnitude 5.0 or greater earthquakes according to the U.S Geological Survey:
The Solomon Islands sits above the collision between the Australia and Pacific plates. The era in which we live in will become increasingly volatile as there is a rise in the geothermal gradient, and magmatic fluid expansion within the plant’s interior. Increased earthquakes, super storms, and volcanic eruptions will become more common as time goes on.
It is not the increase in earthquakes that will be important, it is the size and strength of these earthquakes that will become more important, as mega thrust earthquakes could affect the planet.
Live Update: A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has just hit the Solomon islands.
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