Earthquake and Tsunami Strike in April 2013
In early February 2013, an earthquake and tsunami hit the Solomon Islands. The tsunami was triggered by an earthquake of 8.0 magnitude. The tsunami hit the eastern most province in the Solomon Islands, near the town Lata in Temotu, which has a population of 30,000. New Caledonia and Vanuatu were also hit, but the waves weren't as large.
Five villages were washed away and at least 100 homes were destroyed or damaged. Six people were killed and dozens more were missing.
In May 2014, Parliament reelected Governor-General Kabui to another term. Manasseh Sogavare was elected prime minister for the third time in Dec. 2014. Sogavare previously served as prime minister from 2000 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2007.
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Notes: Solomon Islands