A bone-rattling earthquake sparked a tsunami that sent10-foot high waves crashing into parts of the
Fred Fakari, head of the National Disaster Council, said"some villages are completely wiped out".
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Police and residents said a 3m wall of water hit Gizo, aregional centre in the west, just 40km from the quake's epicentre, inundatingbuildings and causing widespread destruction.
Fakari said information on the extent of damage remainedsketchy, especially in the more isolated western areas.
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A series of aftershocks, with a magnitude of up to 6.7, keptresidents in the area on edge.
Al Jazeera's correspondent, Dan Nolan, said three peoplewere confirmed dead.
He reported that many people living close to the sea in Gizomanaged to escape to safety after being warned to flee to higher ground.
Sergeant Godfrey Abiah of the
"We have lost radio contact with the two police stationsdown there and we're not getting any clear picture from down there," hesaid.
Nolan said electricity had also been cut off and only a fewpeople were able to communicate by UHF radio or mobile phone.
Danny Kennedy, a dive shop owner andprovincial politician in Gizo, told Reuters: "There are quite large boatssitting in the middle of the road. Many of the houses that were on stilts aresitting on the ground. A number of the coastal communities have been completelywiped out."
He said the hospital had been evacuated and patients hadbeen taken to a doctor's house on higher ground, with more than 2,000 lefthomeless.
The National Disaster Management Office said up to 60buildings had been destroyed including houses.
From the capital Honiara, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.said residents on Simbo island had reported waves travelling up to 200m inland,damaging homes.
Geological agencies, including those in
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 10kmbeneath the sea floor about 350km northwest of the Solomons capital of
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued awarning for
Warren Young, chief lifeguard of Gold Coast City Council in
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