A massive island called Ranonga, located west of Gizo, uplifted by 3 meters after the April 2, 2007 8.1 earthquake hit the Western Province. The Ranonga villagers saw their coastal waters go away and the water never came back. The shallow coral reefs that were fishing and gleaning areas are now exposed to air. The coral reefs are now sticking out of the water. The coast is now an instant drop off. What used to be the coral reef where the locals fished is now a dry reef overgrown with vegetation.