DOZENS of people are feared dead and thousands more homeless or injured after a tsunami struck the Solomon Islands, sending a wall of water surging through towns and villages.
Initial reports put the death toll at between 12 and 25, but many more are thought to have perished in the country’s remote Western Province, where islanders have been cut off from the rest of the country.
Rescue workers last night warned of a humanitarian crisis amid reports that entire villages had been destroyed.
The tsunami was triggered by a massive under-sea earthquake, measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale, that struck 45 kilometres offshore from the island of Gizo, a popular dive destination, at 7.40am local time.
With memories of the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami still fresh, large areas of the Pacific region — from Australia to Hawaii — went on high alert for several hours.
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