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Tsunami in the Solomons: Before and After

Carrying produce in baskets made of fresh woven leaves, a Solomon Islander makes his way from the waterfront market in Gizo on a May morning in 2002 (top).

The metal-roofed, open-air market stalls behind him stand only a foot or two above sea level and only a yard or two inland, making them especially vulnerable to tsunamis, such as the one that struck here on April 2, 2007. The devastation is evident from the April 3, 2007, image of people walking past collapsed buildings in Gizo (bottom).

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