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  • 11
  • Dec

Solomon Islands Red Cross (SIRC) on Wednesday launched its FINPAC Project at the Lord Howe Settlement.

  • 11
  • Dec

Guadalcanal Province premier Anthony Veke says Guadalcanal Province needs equal participation from its entire population to attain sustainable development in the province.

  • 11
  • Dec

Solomon Water has started its million dollar infrastructure project upgrade last week.

  • 11
  • Dec

THE Australian government has supported Solomon Islands after Friday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake by offering more than SBD$290, 000 in relief efforts.

  • 11
  • Dec

Miss Solomon Islands is now back in the country after her successful campaign in Samoa with plans to promote the country’s tourism industry.

  • 11
  • Dec

Coronation Christian School is now planning towards upgrading its infrastructure to expand its secondary classes with forms four and five classes.

  • 09
  • Dec

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his wife Emmy have touched the hearts of the sick at Gizo Hospital including children and women.

  • 09
  • Dec

A 40-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly burning down three houses in east Guadalcanal last month.

  • 09
  • Dec

AUSTRALIA’S Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says her government is ready to provide any support once requested in relation to Friday’s 7.8 earthquake that stuck off Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province.

"The Australian Government has in place pre-positioned supplies for shelter, water, sanitation, food," Ms Bishop said.

"If they're required we can work with the local authorities and with the government of Solomon Islands to provide that,” she told Radio Australia.

Authorities in Honiara are still waiting to hear from a helicopter sent to Makira to survey the island yesterday.

Kirakira resident Edith Haunagi, said there was some damage when the quake struck.

"Everybody got up from their beds and everybody ran out from their houses and at the same time everybody moved up to the hillside while it was still shaking, a few of the houses here fell this morning," Ms Haunagi said.

"Two of the buildings here in Kirakira fell right down to the ground and most of the things in the shops were damaged and people were scared.

"They were running here and there trying to find their kids."

Ms Haunagi said she had contacted people on the southern side of the island, closest to the quake.

"They have said there was a sea rise this morning after the earthquake and a few houses were damaged," she said.

"People ran up to the hillside. There were no reports of deaths but there were reports of damage to properties and buildings that were close to the beach."

The quake struck at 4:38am AEDT at a depth of roughly 48 kilometres, USGS said — it was initially reported to be of magnitude-8.0.

Loti Yates from the National Disaster Management Office told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program there had been reports of houses collapsing due to the quake.

"Already there [is] information coming in from Makira as well as parts of Solomon Islands not within the tsunami threat area, [that] confirm some dwellings, houses etc have been collapsed due to the shake," he said.

Mr Yates said poor communication infrastructure had made it hard to assess the immediate impact in Makira.

"[One community] that has been in touch with us said they are calling from up the hills, which is good, they activated their own emergency plans and know what to do, so we are happy.

"The warning has been issued ... at this stage, communication difficulties are hampering our ability to get clear information."

He told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation there had been reports of landslides in Temotu and Makira provinces.

  • 09
  • Dec

THE 7.8 earthquake that struck at 4.38am on Friday caused damages to buildings in Kirakira including homes, a hospital, a church, the World Vision office and cut off the town’s power supply.

  • 09
  • Dec

THE government is preparing to respond to the affected communities hit by a very strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.8, which occurred at 4.38am, Friday.

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