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Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, just days after the archipelago was hit by another strong earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday.

Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands

A 6.9-magnitude quake has hit islands in the Pacific, but no tsunami warning was issued and no major damage is expected.

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Registered Near Solomon Islands

The US Geological Survey said that a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck nearby the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Thursday.

Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands, no tsunami expected

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami was expected and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Southern Maryland community calendar, May 14-21, 2015

Thursday, May 14Sea Squirts: Ship Shape Children 18 months to 3 years can learn about shapes on boats. Thursday 10 and 11 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Free.Read full article >>

Why more than 15,000 dolphins have been killed in Solomon Islands drive hunts

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Drive hunting -- when groups of hunters on canoes fan out far off-shore and clap stones together as they round up dolphins -- has been taking place off the Solomon Islands for many years.Now, researchers who examined detailed hunting...Show More Summary

Solomon Islands dolphin hunts cast spotlight on small cetacean survival

A new study on the impact of 'drive-hunting' dolphins in the Solomon Islands is casting a spotlight on the increasing vulnerability of small cetaceans around the world. From 1976 to 2013, more than 15,000 dolphins were killed by villagers...Show More Summary

Tiny village kills thousands of dolphins for their teeth in the Solomon Islands

Between 1976 and 2013, a small village in the Solomon Islands killed 15,400 dolphins--for their teeth. Prized for use as jewelry, currency and even bride price, the teeth fetched about $0.70 a piece in 2013, according to a report published in the Royal

Down but not out: Endangered hawksbill sea turtle is back in the fight

Hawksbill sea turtles: A conservation success story for an endangered species on the Solomon Islands.

Southern Maryland community calendar, March 26-April 2, 2015

Thursday, March 26Little Minnows: “Let’s Sprout” For children 3-5, a [program about seeds and how plants are grown. 10-11 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. $5. Read full article >>

The Wages of Cyclone Pam

Over the weekend, Cyclone Pam, one of the most severe tropical storms ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere, struck the small island nations of Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, where it killed at least eleven people. Show More Summary

New Zealand Reportedly Spied on Solomon Islands Government

Leaked documents showed that New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau used an Internet spy system to intercept documents of officials close to the Solomon Islands' prime minister.

Vanuatu Braces Itself for Arrival of Cyclone Pam

The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has put itself on alert as a destructive cyclone approaches; the forbidding storm is currently intensifying in the South Pacific Ocean, east of the Solomon Islands.

Pacific Island links: Youth unemployment, PNG police, illegal fishing, labour mobility and more

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare spoke to Jemima Garrett about the challenge of finding jobs for the huge numbers of unemployed youth. PNG's police force faced harsh criticism since the shooting in Hanuabada on 23 January. Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: PNG police brutality, Manus refugees released, Solomon Islands and more

Last Friday in the PNG village of Hanuabada, two young men were shot and killed, allegedly by police. Police brutality is frequently an issue in PNG. Paul Barker, Executive Director of PNG's Institute of National Affairs, spoke about...Show More Summary

Solomon Islands Giants: Why They May Still Be Around!

If there is a location on earth that still houses ancient giants who have retained their culture en masse, it would be the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands are in the South Pacific Northeast of Australia, east of Indonesia. The giants here are not only spoken of, but spoken of in the present tense - as beings who still coexist. Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Slump in gas hits PNG, Solomon Islands cabinet, new Tongan PM and more

Tess Newton-Cain gives us an idea of what the year ahead might hold for Pacific politics in this piece from Devpolicy. The collapse of energy prices could have a devastating impact on PNG's resource-dependent economy. Paul Flanagan argues...Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Sogavare, violence in Moresby, rugby controversy in Fiji and more

By Anna Kirk, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. Manasseh Sogavare has been elected Prime Minister of Solomon Islands. This will be the third time he holds the position. Violence broke out in Port Moresby over the weekend between the military and police. Show More Summary

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