Photo: ABC News reporter Mark Litke, left, toured the Solomon Islands nearly a week after a tsunami struck. (ABCNEWS.com) Click the Image to Watch
April 07, 2007
Many residents said they noticed animals behaving strangely just before the tsunami washed ashore. In Gizo, shortly after the earthquake, they noticed that all the neighborhood dogs were running away from the sea. "The dogs started running to the hills." Within minutes, a fast and powerful wave slammed into the coastline of Gizo and several other neighboring islands. The wave was only a few feet high, so water damage was confined to exposed beaches. Tsunami awareness helped save lives. When the quake first hit, most residents here knew that a tsunami was a real possibility, and they fled to higher ground. Many are still there.
There are nearly 1,000 islands in the Solomon chain, and some are so remote that we were only able to reach them by private helicopter.
ABC News reporters visited Gizo, the island hardest hit by last week's quake and tsunami. Its beaches are now a tangle of debris and smashed homes. The scenes are so reminiscent of the devastating Asian tsunami that killed more than 250,000 in 2004.
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