Magnitude 8.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS
Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 20:39:57 UTC
The following is a revised REPEAT revised release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred about 40 km (25 miles) SSE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Islands or about 345 km (215 miles) WNW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal at 2:39 PM MDT, Apr 1, 2007 (Apr 02 at 7:39 AM local time in Solomon Islands). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. Detailed information about tsunami watches and warnings is available from the NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers at http://tsunami.gov.
At least 40 people killed, an undetermined number missing and several villages destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. About 300 homes, schools and a hospital were destroyed at Sasamunga and about 500 houses were damaged at Gizo. Tsunami damage also occurred on Lefung and Taro. Two people were killed by landslides on Ranongga, where uplift was also observed. Felt at Honiara. A 2 meter wave was measured on Woodlark Island, Papua New Guinea, where 17 houses were destroyed and a church was damaged. The tsunami also caused damage on Rossel Island and Bougainville.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver