Australian Federal Police take control of the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara following three days of civil unrest. A nighttime curfew begins at 7:00 p.m. local time while rioting and looting continues in the Chinatown suburb of the city.
The Solomon Islands Cabinet passes a ban on the use of social media platform Facebook in the country, citing public misuse of the platform, and a need for stricter cybercrime legislation and regulation. Communications Minister Peter Shannel Agovaka says the ban does not require parliament's approval, and will be enforced once operators "establish a firewall" to block Facebook.
Tsunami warnings are issued for the Pacific region, including Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake east of Papua New Guinea. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later reports the threat has largely passed.
As many as 1,000 people in the Solomon Islands are reportedly homeless following the two major earthquakes and tsunami which struck the country earlier this week. [http:--www.time.com-time-world-article-0,8599,1951643,00.html (Time Magazine)]date=July 2019