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Solomons hold memorial service for tsunami victims

By Koroi Hawkins, Honiara, Thursday February 21, 2013 - 18:09 EDT

A memorial service has been held in Solomon Islands for the 11 victims of the earthquake and tsunami, which struck the Santa Cruz Islands of Temotu two weeks ago.

The service was attended by politicians, officials, diplomats, representatives of groups involved in the relief effort and Solomon Islanders.

Hundreds gathered in the St Barnabas Cathedral for the memorial service, while thousands across the country tuned in to the live broadcast.

School children lit candles for the deceased and a provincial representative told the story of one of the victims.

"(She) saw the fierce rolling ocean approaching in the form of a destructive wave," he said.

"It looked so dangerous but (she) could not bear to see her husband killed alone so she told the eyewitnesses to run for safety, while she went back to die with her husband."

The magnitude 8.0 quake triggered a deadly tsunami and relief efforts are continuing, but locals say this week is about remembering those who are lost and their families.


- ABC

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