Tsunami Kills 13

I am sure you have already heard about the tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands this weekend. But if you've had your head stuck in the sand, or have been a hermit and haven't turned on the TV, check out this full news story at CNN. I didn't know where the Solomon Islands were. If you don't either, here is the information about their location and other vital facts.

"The Solomon Islands is an archipelago of more than 200 islands northeast of Australia. The AP estimates its population at about 552,000 people. The chain lies on the Pacific Basin's so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines where quakes frequently happen. The Solomon Islands are popular with international tourists. Most homes in the mountainous islands are constructed of timber and bamboo, with villagers relying on fishing and logging for employment."

I am sad for the lost lives and the people who are still unaccounted for. But one thing I wonder: why did we never hear of tsunami's until the last few years?