Waves of Devastation


Violence in the capital, Honiara, eventually shows up in more remote islands as illness and poverty

Remoteness, now so often a blessing, has come to be a curse for Solomon Islanders living near Gizo, in the country's distant Western Province. The April 2 earthquake, measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale, and the ensuing wall of water that swept away anything in its path as it reached land, have left a quarter of the area's population without a home. Unlike in Asia's 2004 tsunami, the water has not receded, adding to the locals' distress.

In coming days, the number killed is expected to climb well beyond the toll of 30 reported in the early...

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