Showing posts with label Lata. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lata. Show all posts

Monday, February 10, 2014

World vision - one year on

World Vision implemented relief and long term recovery projects to help the families get their lives back to normal. Projects focus on children’s development, providing access to clean water and improved hygiene, and establishing an Emergency Radio project.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Overview of the shakey isle Ndendo

A devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the province in February 2013, killing nine people and causing widespread destruction to villages and homes on the west coast near Lata.

From the site:
Between 3rd and 8th February there have been 155 shocks greater than 4.6 from this area:

This area is defined by Latitude 10.718 S to 10.852 S and Longitude 164.228 E to 166.784 E.
  • One that caused the tsunami (8)
  • Three shocks 7 to <8
  • Seven shocks 6 to <7
  • Ninety shocks 5 to <6

Details with links in spreadsheet form:

Ndendo is a mostly a rocky outcrop with thin soils so it should have few problems with soil liquefaction. This problem comes with lots and lots of aftershocks and is at its worst on floodplains like the area around Christchurch. But people in Temotu Province should still be very careful around places known to have deep soil.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tsunami Lata Wharf 3feet

Tsunami LATA WHARF 3feet 18min after earthquake.

All this shows how powerful a metre (or a half) of tsunami wave can be.

News reports say 5 are dead and a hundred houses destroyed.
Radio NZ reports that a surge wave affected three or four villages. Luke Taula, a fisheries officer in Lata, told the ABC the tsunami arrived in small tidal surges rather than as one large wave.
"We have small waves come in, then go out again, then come back in. The waves reached the airport terminal," he said. He said the worst damage would be to villages on the western side of a point that protects the main township.

The coast affected includes the airport in this picture:
The village of Nela, see William Membuta, our thoughts go to you, your family and village at this time.

Watching on YouTube
No mention in any news reports that the local hospital in Lata already has too few doctors.
Few mentions of damage to Lata airport or the extent of that damage. The coast to the west of the airport would also have houses damaged if the airport had problems. The main town of Lata is up a hill, the harbour is on the other side from the brunt of the tsunami and recorded .9M rise.

Note: this YouTube video is a fake:
Definite tsumani wave but I am calling it a fake. Way too much infrastructure for Lata on Ndendo in Temotu province, Solomon Islands. No reports of it hitting anywhere with a coastline like this.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Seaport in Gracious Bay

The seaport is planned to be built at Gracious Bay and is a National Government funded project. Fr Beu said negotiation with landowners to pave the way for the project has already taken place. He said this was to allow the provincial government to register the area where the port would be built.

Question is when the gear for building the seaport turns up can they use some of that gear to shape some of the ocean bottom for better surfing?

There are plenty of people out there that can tell people how to make better waves.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Three days of pain

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Tuesday's flight is postponed until Wednesday. I freak out, I don't have any more or enough $SI. The Lata South Pacific Bank (SPB) branch does not have EFTPOS, all savings and cheque accounts. ANZ have an ATM but they have turned it off! Finally, after lots of asking if people take credit cards (and give them back) I find someone to help me out.
Meanwhile the Solomon Airways agent keeps advising postponed flights, once for bad weather. It makes it hard to do anything when you have to keep in contact with the office in case a flight arrives.

On Wednesday, after noticing the map at the Luelta Conference centre I walk to a likely looking surfing spot called Nela. There I meet William Membuta.

Finally the airline says that the next flight it Saturday that means I can go surfing tomorrow, Friday. I arrange a car to take my board to Nela in the morning.

Next: 2012/03/nela-session

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Local History - Visit in 1595

From wikipedia

Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira was not until 8 September 1595 that they sighted land again, this time the island of Nendo, which they named "Santa Cruz". The Santa Ysabel had disappeared, however, and despite searches by the two smaller vessels, it could not be found.

Arriving at what is now Graciosa Bay, a settlement was commenced. Relations with local islanders and their chief Malope started well, with food provided and assistance in constructing buildings.

However, morale amongst the Spanish was low and sickness (almost certainly malaria) was rife. An argumentative old soldier, Pedro Merino Manrique was murdered at the orders of, and in front of Mendaña, and shortly afterwards, Malope was killed by soldiers. Relations with the Islanders soon worsened.

Wracked by internal divisions and an increasing death toll, the settlement began to fall apart. Mendaña himself died on 18 October 1595, leaving his wife as heir and governor, her brother Lorenzo as captain-general. 

On 30 October, the decision was made to abandon the settlement. When the three ships departed on 18 November 1595, forty-seven people had died in the space of one month.

James Graham Goodenough

Captain James Graham Goodenough CB CMG (3 December 1830 – 20 August 1875) died aboard HMS Pearl off the coast of Australia from wounds inflicted from poisoned arrows in an attack by natives of the Santa Cruz Islands.

From: Australian Dictionary of Biography

His duties included the maintenance of law and order among British subjects in the Pacific and control of their relations with indigenous peoples. On 12 August 1875 while trying to conciliate natives on Carlisle Bay in the Santa Cruz Islands he and others of his party were wounded by poisoned arrows. He refused 'to allow a single life to be taken in retaliation', although some huts were burnt. Tetanus set in and, after gallantly bidding farewell to the ship's company, Goodenough died on 20 August in the Pearl, 500 miles (805 km) from Sydney.

He was buried in the cemetery of St Thomas's Church of England, North Sydney, between two of his men.


There are a lot of things that can go wrong travelling, there are more things that can go wrong travelling to surf.
Feel free to contact the contributors for more information before setting out to do a trip to here or similar areas. Get information and remember that you, and only you, are responsible for what happens to you.