Simbo

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Simbo
Elevation 335 m (1,099 ft)
Location
Location Solomon Islands
Coordinates 8°17′30″S 156°31′0″E / 8.29167°S 156.51667°E / -8.29167; 156.51667Coordinates: 8°17′30″S 156°31′0″E / 8.29167°S 156.51667°E / -8.29167; 156.51667
Geology
Type Stratovolcanoes
Volcanic arc/belt Bougainville & Solomon Is.
Last eruption 1910 ± 10 years[1]

Simbo is an island in the Solomon Islands; it is located in the Western Province. It was known to early Europeans as Eddystone Island.[2] Simbo is actually two main islands, one small island called Nusa Simbo separated by a saltwater lagoon from a larger one. Collectively the islands are known to the local people as Mandegugusu, while in the rest of the Solomons the islands are referred to as Simbo.[3] Simbo has an active volcano called Ove as well several saltwater lagoons and a freshwater lake.

On April 2nd, 2007 Simbo was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami which is now known as the 2007 Solomon Islands earthquake. A 12 m tsunami destroyed two villages on the northern side of the island and killed 10 people.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simbo". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ Hocart, A. M. (1922). "The cult of the dead in Eddystone of the Solomons." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 52: 71-112.
  3. ^ Scheffler, H. W. (1962). "Kindred and kin groups in Simbo Island social structure." Ethnology 1(2): 135-157.