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    Jesus! can you imagine an earthquake powerful enough to LIFT an island from the sea and expose a reef? amazing.



    RANONGGA, Solomon Islands (AFP) - The force of this week's Solomons earthquake has lifted an island in the South Pacific archipelago and pushed out its shoreline by tens of metres, exposing surrounding reefs.



    The remote island of Ranongga in the western Solomon Islands used to have submerged coral reefs that attracted scuba divers from around the world.

    But since Monday's massive earthquake in the Solomon Islands, the reefs are now exposed above the water and are dying, an AFP reporter and photographer have seen.

    The AFP team, which travelled to Ranongga on a chartered outboard after the quake, saw exposed reefs bleaching in the sun, and covered with dead fish, eels, clams and other marine life.

    The 8.0-magnitude quake, caused by a shift in the Earth's tectonic plates, triggered a tsunami that killed at least 34 people in the remote western Solomons and left 5,500 homeless.

    Aid agencies have yet to reach Ranongga, but the AFP team saw the devastation that has permanently altered the geography of the island, 32-kilometres (20-miles) long and 8-kilometres wide.

    Although Ranongga escaped the fury of the tsunami, the seismic upheaval from the quake pushed out the shoreline by up to 70 metres, local resident Hendrik Kegala also said.

    "Plenty big noise," he told AFP in the local pidgin dialect.

    "Water go back and not come back again," he added, saying the whooshing sound of the receding water and the shaking from the quake occurred simultaneously.

    The loss of the reefs was a huge blow for the fishing communities that are dotted along Ranongga's coast, said Jackie Thomas, acting manager for Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Solomons.

    "The fish from the reefs are the major source of protein for the villagers," she told AFP from the provincial capital Gizo.

    "They use shells for tools and rely on the sea for many of their basic needs.

    "It just shows the incredible force of the earthquake, to move a whole island."

    She said the reefs around Ranongga were a protected marine environment and locals had worked hard with WWF in recent years to ensure that they were managed sustainably.

    "Now it's another marine environment that has been destroyed," she said.

    "Who knows if the coral reefs will recover and the fish will come back? Villagers will have to travel further to find the same sort of food and nutrition they've relied on -- the whole food chain has been disrupted."
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    That's crazy. Seems like there's been a lot of seismic activity in the Pacific the last few years.

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    Unfortunately, it's just as likely that a major earthquake - or tsunami caused by one could bury an island. When the semi-mythical "Big One" happens, be it on the West Coast of the US or the East Coast of Asia, I really wouldn't want to be in Hawaii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Unfortunately, it's just as likely that a major earthquake - or tsunami caused by one could bury an island. When the semi-mythical "Big One" happens, be it on the West Coast of the US or the East Coast of Asia, I really wouldn't want to be in Hawaii.



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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    The "semi-mythical" big one? Lemme guess, that must have been created by The BCE as well.
    LOL. Yeah, that seismic tectonic geology science stuff....total conspiracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    The "semi-mythical" big one? Lemme guess, that must have been created by The BCE as well.
    I don't know what the BCE is, but this has to be related to human caused global warming in some way.
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    Yeah....BIG FUCKING EARTHQUAKE?......
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCJanko View Post
    I don't know what the BCE is, but this has to be related to human caused global warming in some way.
    Why? It's not like earthquakes, Volcanos or any other kind of seismic activity is exactly a new thing!!
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    big fucking quake.... i dont know, but i think when something even worse happens (like the one that is gonna happen) we are not just screwed, we are royally screwed!
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    Short answer to original question: Yes.

    I saw crap like that in October 1989. Bridges pulled away from their approaches by 10 inches. 15 inch drops in elevation. Then there's the fishers that opened up in the Earth, deep ones, hundreds of feet long.
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    This once again shows us how small we are in the grand scheme of things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Then there's the fishers that opened up in the Earth, deep ones, hundreds of feet long.
    LOL.... fissures?

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