HONIARA: Relief supplies began trickling into tsunami-hit communities in the Solomons Islands today, as another powerful aftershock rattled the Pacific nation in the wake of last week’s 8.0-magnitude earthquake.
The aftershocks had slowed but not halted aid operations in the remote Santa Cruz islands, where at least 10 people died in the tsunami triggered by the quake last Wednesday, the Red Cross said.
The latest jolt this morning measured 6.3 and was centred 51 kilometres (32 miles) southwest of Lata at a depth of 35 kilometres (21.7 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
It was the third tremor to top 6.0 since Friday but Zoleveke said the seismic rumblings had not halted the emergency operation.
Almost 600 houses are believed to have been destroyed, with most of the destruction caused in the initial earthquake and the metre-high tsunami which swept through coastal areas soon after, leaving more than 3,000 people homeless.