TODAY   |  February 06, 2013

Tsunami hits Solomon Islands after quake

Witnesses say two waves about five feet high each hit the west side of the Solomon Islands following an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, resulting in fatalities. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

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>>> breaking news this morning, that deadly tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake in the south pacific . al roker is upstairs with the latest. al, good morning.

>> solomon islands , really the epicenter of this, just off the solomon islands at 8.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering two tsunami waves, estimated between three to five feet. of course, as you get that lifting of the earth's plates underneath the water, all that will basically trigger that activity and the wave. and that wave can be moving at 75 to 100 miles per hour, stretching out. we have reports of at least five people killed in at least two communities of the solomon islands , five confirmed deaths. water, electricity completely wiped out. one town of venga, of about 750 people, homes were shifted by the surge of water. two towns completely wiped out. so, we will continue to track this story.