Category: World / February 6, 2013 9:13 AM EST
The capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, escaped the effects of the powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday (February 6) which set off a tsunami that killed at least five people in a remote part of the Solomon Islands.
The quake triggered evacuations across the South Pacific as island nations issued tsunami alerts.
A tsunami measuring 3 feet hit near the town of Lata on the remote Santa Cruzisland, swamping some villages and the town's main airport as people fled to safety on higher ground.
More than three dozen aftershocks up to magnitude 6.6 rocked the region in the hours after the quake.