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Tsunami hits Solomon Islands after major quake

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A tsunami unleashed by a major earthquake ploughed into the Solomon Islands on Monday, devastating at least one village and sparking the evacuation of two New Zealanders.

Initial reports said no one was seriously hurt and a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the two New Zealanders had been evacuated but were safe and well.

A total of 53 New Zealanders were known to be in the Solomon Islands and there were no concerns for the eight in the affected area, he said.


Thousands homeless after Fiji cyclone

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Up to 4000 Fijians are still housed in temporary accommodation and 80 per cent of the country is without power after Cyclone Mick struck on Monday.

Two people are confirmed dead and three more missing.

National Disaster Management Office director Pajiliai Dobui said the western side of the most populated Viti Levu island, had suffered most, with 2081 people evacuated from their homes, and major infrastructure damage.


Fiji cyclone death toll stands at 2

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Two people are missing and two are dead after Cyclone Mick ripped through the Fiji islands overnight.

The category two cyclone is moving away from the area after pounding it with winds reaching up to 156 kilometres an hour overnight.


Evacuations in Fiji after Cyclone

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Officials in Fiji are assessing how much damage Cyclone Mick has caused overnight.

The category two cyclone went through the main island, packing winds of up to 156 kilometres an hour and causing flooding in Suva, surrounding areas and outlying islands in the region. Evacuations took place in Navua and Lautoka southeast of Suva and people were forced to take refuge in temporary shelters.


Fiji gets slammed by Cyclone Mick

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Fiji is currently being hammered by a Category 2 cyclone named Mick and overnight and into Tuesday morning the storm is expected to pass very near to Suva.

Winds are averaging 110km/h with gusts to 150km/h.  Mick will pass directly over Fiji tonight and into Tuesday morning NZT.