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June 25, 2000 | EDWARD WRIGHT
South Pacific Solomon Islands: The Australian navy evacuated hundreds of foreigners from the Solomons, and the U.S. State Department posted a travel warning for the islands after fighting broke out earlier this month between rival ethnic militias on the main island, Guadalcanal. One of the two militias controls Honiara, the capital. The Peace Corps has withdrawn personnel. The State Department says that Americans who are in the Solomons should consider leaving.
May 3, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Though the indigenous people of the Solomon Islands all have dark skin, about 5% to 10% also have naturally blond hair - and a new study finds that the genetic quirk responsible for this is different from the one that produces blond hair in people of European ancestry. Researchers from Stanford University and colleagues collected spit samples from 43 Solomon Islanders with blond hair and 42 with the darkest hair. They scanned the DNA in all of the samples and looked for telltale differences that were linked with hair color.
October 12, 1987 | From Reuters
A powerful earthquake jolted the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale and occurred in the Solomons about 1,450 miles north of Brisbane, Australia.
October 23, 2011 | By Amanda Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My teenage daughter is standing in a lineup of tribesmen and she is angry with me. As I lift my camera, she says, "I look hideous," unaware of the irony of being surrounded by tribesmen wearing next to nothing. " Yu, pikinini blong Amerika (You, child belonging to America)," the chief says, introducing Indigo to his grandson, who looks to be a much happier teenager. " Yu gat hamas yia? Yu slip wea? (You've got how many years? Where are you staying?)" We are in the Yakel Village on the South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu.
June 5, 2000 | Associated Press
The prime minister of the Solomon Islands was taken hostage, and armed rebels put up roadblocks in the capital, Honiara, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said today. Ministry spokesman Brad Pattersfield said insurgents from the country's Malaita Eagle Force militia were holding Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu hostage. He spoke after talking by satellite telephone with New Zealand's High Commission in Honiara.
May 20, 1986 | United Press International
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
April 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A massive earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands today, sending a tsunami crashing into villages on the country's west coast and leaving at least four people missing, officials said. The magnitude 8 quake triggered tsunami warnings throughout the South Pacific and as far north as Hawaii, although officials canceled the alert after the danger period passed.
November 9, 1986
Honiara airport was closed for several hours when workmen extending the runway dug up World War II bombs and ammunition, aviation authorities said Friday. The Solomon Islands was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting in the South Pacific during the war, and old arms and ammunition are still being unearthed, sometimes exploding and injuring people.
January 5, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
A week after a powerful cyclone hammered three South Pacific islands, a patrol boat carrying relief supplies and a medical team finally reached the devastated region today, officials said. A Solomon Islands police spokesman said the boat arrived at the island of Tikopia, 650 miles southeast of the capital, Honiara. Before outsiders arrived by helicopter Friday and Saturday, it was feared that Cyclone Zoe might have killed thousands of people.
May 31, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Shipwreck hunter Robert Ballard said Wednesday that he has found the World War II patrol boat commanded by John F. Kennedy in the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands. The remains of the wooden boat, PT-109, were lying on the seabed in the Blanket Strait near Gizo in the New Georgia group of islands, Ballard told Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. radio. Gizo is 235 miles northwest of Honiara, the Solomons' capital.
December 10, 2009 | The Alliance of Small Island States
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 10, 2009 - The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on Thursday announced a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth's climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members. "AOSIS members are at the front line of the devastating impacts of climate change. Today we have put forward a proposal for a legally binding agreement to secure the twin objectives of survival of the Kyoto Protocol and to strengthen the UNFCCC with a new 'Copenhagen' Protocol that can be adopted here in Copenhagen", said Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada.
April 11, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The 2007 earthquake in the Solomon Islands that generated a larger-than-expected tsunami -- claiming 52 lives -- occurred in an area that had little seismic activity previously. Quakes often occur in areas where one of the plates that make up the crust of the Earth is moving downward, beneath another section of crust. But researchers reported in Friday's edition of Science that in the Solomon Islands quake there were three sections of crust involved, two of them sliding at different rates beneath the third.
January 24, 2009 | Claire Noland
James E. Swett, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor after shooting down seven Japanese bombers in 15 minutes over the Solomon Islands during World War II, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. He was 88.
April 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Shops along the Solomon Islands' battered coastline reopened as aid began trickling to the region's outer atolls, a week after an offshore earthquake sent walls of water slamming into the coast. Vendors returned to their stalls along the main street in the town of Gizo for the first time since the magnitude 8.1 quake shook the Solomons' Western Province on April 2, killing at least 35 people and leaving 7,000 homeless.
April 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An airport in the Solomon Islands reopened for regular flights, easing aid delivery to the largest population center hammered by a magnitude 8.1 quake and killer waves Monday. Four International Red Cross boats laden with medical and shelter supplies were heading out of Gizo today toward outlying villages. Scattered cases of dysentery were reported. Officials still fear malaria and cholera could break out in hillside camps where conditions remained unsanitary.
April 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Disaster officials said Wednesday that medical staffers had been overwhelmed by the number of injured tsunami survivors and feared outbreaks of disease because of unhygienic conditions and the lack of fresh water and food. Fred Fakarii, chairman of the National Disaster Management Council, said, "The conditions at Gizo are such that these are likely things to happen unless action is taken quickly."
January 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
A cyclone that hit two remote South Pacific islands Sunday washed away several villages but there was no word on the fate of hundreds of people who live there, officials in the Solomon Islands said Thursday. There has been no contact with Tikopia and Anuta islands, home to 3,700 people, since Cyclone Zoe pounded the area with winds up to 225 mph.
April 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The first boatloads of international aid reached survivors of a devastating tsunami in the Solomon Islands, but officials warned of a dire food shortage if supplies don't quickly get to hundreds of people camped on hillsides. At least 28 people died in Monday's tsunami and quake, measured at a magnitude of 8.1 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Disaster officials said the toll was expected to rise as rescue crews reached flattened villages.
April 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of residents camped out overnight on a hill above a devastated town in the western Solomon Islands after a tsunami washed away coastal villages, killing at least 13 people. The death toll was expected to rise. A wall of water reportedly 30 feet high struck the island of Choiseul and swept a third of a mile inland, while smaller but still destructive waves surged ashore elsewhere. Australian Broadcasting Corp.
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