January 2010 Solomon Islands earthquake
|Date||22:36:30, 3 January 2010 (UTC)|
|Depth||30.5 km (19 mi)|
|Countries or regions||Solomon Islands|
The 2010 Solomon Islands earthquake was a magnitude 7.1 Mw earthquake that occurred in the Solomon Islands at 22:36:30 (UTC) on January 3, 2010, resulting in a tsunami measuring approximately 10 feet in some parts of the islands. The earthquake was the largest in a series of quakes to strike the Solomon Islands over the preceding days. The 7.1 mainshock was preceded by a 6.6 magnitude foreshock some 48 minutes previous.
Earthquake location 
The earthquake triggered landslides and tsunamis on the islands of Rendova and Tetepare. A tsunami measuring up to 10 feet (3 meters) struck Rendova, destroying as many as 200 homes and leaving one-third of Rendova's population homeless.
Approximately 1,000 residents have lost their residences, out of the total Rendovan population of just 3,600 people. The village of Retavo, which has a population of approximately 20 people, was hit by a 10 foot tsunami wave. Another village, Baniata, reported that sixteen homes were destroyed and thirty-two were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.
Loti Yates, a Solomon Islands disaster management official based in Honiara, told the media, "It could be several hundred houses have been damaged ... but that is still not verified. There are two to three villages where the situation could be much worse."
Ten foreign tourists were evacuated from an eco-resort on the island of Tetepare.
List of shocks 
Only shocks with magnitude 5.4 or higher are listed. Shocks with magnitude 6.0 or higher are highlighted in light blue. The main shock with moment magnitude 7.1 Mw is highlighted in dark blue.
|2010-01-03||21:48:06||08.732° S||157.496° E||26.0 km (16 mi)||6.6 (Mw)|
|2010-01-03||22:36:28||08.800° S||157.370° E||25.0 km (16 mi)||7.1 (Mw)|
|2010-01-04||04:17:48||08.909° S||157.619° E||12.1 km (8 mi)||5.8 (Mw)|
|2010-01-04||11:28:22||08.379° S||157.113° E||21.5 km (13 mi)||5.7 (Mw)|
|2010-01-05||12:15:33||09.056° S||157.585° E||18.7 km (12 mi)||6.8 (Mw)|
|2010-01-05||12:25:32||08.979° S||158.091° E||35.0 km (22 mi)||5.4 (Mw)|
|2010-01-05||13:10:02||08.877° S||157.621° E||35.0 km (22 mi)||5.4 (Mw)|
|2010-01-05||13:11:43||09.094° S||157.941° E||35.0 km (22 mi)||6.0 (Mw)|
|2010-01-09||05:51:34||09.169° S||157.614° E||35.0 km (22 mi)||6.3 (Mw)|
|2010-01-09||07:04:36||09.150° S||157.645° E||35.0 km (22 mi)||5.4 (Mw)|
See also 
- Lilley, Ray (2010-01-05). "Solomon Islands Tsunami: 1,000 Homeless". Associated Press (Time Magazine). Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- "Magnitude 6.6 - SOLOMON ISLANDS". USGS. 2010-01-03. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- "Magnitude 7.1 - SOLOMON ISLANDS". USGS. 2010-01-03. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
- "Further damage uncovered in Solomon Islands". Pacnews. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- "Seven missing: Fishermen yet to be located after earthquakes". Solomon Star. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "Earthquake List for Map of Australia Region". earthquakes.usgs.gov. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-06.