Solomon Islands earthquake and tsunami

  1. The 2007 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed more than 50 people in the Solomon Islands.

Following an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and tidal surge impacting the Solomon Islands on 6 February 2013, World Vision staff helped move children and their families to higher ground. Despite a tsunami warning being lifted a few hours after the earthquake, low-lying areas were affected by the water surge.

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World Vision's response

Initial relief supplies of water containers, shelter kits, tarpaulins, kitchen sets and personal hygiene kits, shipped and flown from Honiara, arrived in Lata on the Santa Cruz Islands on Saturday 8 February. Unemployed youth who are part of a World Vision project packed additional relief supplies on Saturday in readiness for next shipping to Lata, the most affected area.

World Vision worked closely with the Solomon Islands' National Disaster Management Office to assess the needs of people in the hardest-hit Temotu province.

Background information

A magnitude-8 earthquake hit the Solomon Islands at 12:15pm local time on 6 Feb, 2013 and was followed soon after by one measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning, and reported a 91cm tsunami hit Lata Wharf, in Santa Cruz. New Zealand Civil Defence had New Zealand’s North Island on tsunami alert. Other Pacific nations were also on high alert but the warning was lifted a few hours afterwards.

The Solomon Islands are low-lying and vulnerable to increased extreme weather conditions. An 8.1 earthquake that hit in 2007 killed more than 50 people.

Word Vision has been present in the Solomon Islands for more than 30 years working across five provinces on disaster risk reduction, health, education, water and sanitation and gender equality programs. Projects are funded by private donors, businesses, foundations and government grants.

World Vision Australia funds 16 development projects in the Solomon Islands. As soon as we have more information about the status of the people in these projects, we will be updating this page.

Children sponsored by Australians

World Vision does not run child sponsorship programs in the Solomon Islands, however has been supporting projects there for 30 years. See above for more details.

How you can help

In times like this, we rely on funds from our Emergency & Preparedness Fund. Support of this fund enables World Vision to prepare for emergencies by pre-stocking and positioning life-saving supplies and ensuring trained staff are available to be on the scene quickly and respond to emergencies, just like this one.

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7 February 2013 World Vision relief supplies on the way to tsunami-affected communities