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Aftershocks Continue to Rattle Solomon Islands

Location of Solomon Islands earthquake

Aftershocks continued to shake the Solomon Islands following a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake Monday that triggered a tsunami which devastated at least one village.

Authorities visited the affected area some 300 kilometers west of the capital, Honiara, Tuesday to assess the damage and a police boat patrolled the coastline.

Officials estimate that hundreds of homes may have been damaged or destroyed and thousands of people made homeless by the quake and tsunami, which measured up to three meters-high when it crashed ashore.

There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

Much of the region is remote, and it will take quite some time to assess the full extent of the devastation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.