higher ground

This is some incredible stuff: the recent earthquake in the Solomon Islands (the same quake that spawned the killer tsunami) lifted the island of Ranongga up to 10 feet (~ 3 metres) higher than it previously was.

In other words, everything around the island that was previously under up to 10 feet of water is now pretty much no longer under water at all — including some of the most gorgeous coral reefs in the world, which are now drying up and crumbling. Shorelines in some areas are more than 200 feet (~70 metres) further out to sea. Both sad and fascinating at the same time.