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People missing after tsunami

Several people were missing on Monday after a powerful earthquake in the South Pacific hit the Solomon Islands, triggering a small tsunami, officials said.

Robert Iroga, editor of the Honiara-based Solomon Star newspaper, said three people had been confirmed dead, with fears for two more people missing.

A tsunami warning was also issued for other Pacific Rim countries, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia, after the shallow quake, which had a magnitude of at least 8.0.

There were unconfirmed reports an entire village had been washed out to sea, prompting fears the casualty count could rise during the day, Iroga said.

From the capital Honiara, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. said residents on Simbo Island had reported waves traveling up to 200 meters (220 yards) inland, damaging homes.