February 5, 2013

8.0 Earthquake Triggers Tsunami ‘Warning’ in Pacific Ocean

Magnitude 8.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 01:12:23 10.752°S 165.089°E 5.8 … A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT … MORE INFO AND RECENT AFTERSHOCKS LISTED AT BOTTOM. UPDATE: A WAVE HAS BEEN GENERATED… 

 SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

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THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…
WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.


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TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 003 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 0212Z 06 FEB 2013 THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. ... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ... A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU / NEW CALEDONIA / KOSRAE / FIJI / KIRIBATI / WALLIS AND FUTUNA A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MARSHALL ISLANDS / HOWLAND AND BAKER / POHNPEI / TOKELAU / SAMOA / KERMADEC ISLANDS / NEW ZEALAND / AMERICAN SAMOA / TONGA / AUSTRALIA / NIUE / COOK ISLANDS / INDONESIA / WAKE ISLAND / CHUUK / JARVIS ISLAND / GUAM / NORTHERN MARIANAS / PALMYRA ISLAND / YAP / JOHNSTON ISLAND / MINAMITORISHIMA / BELAU FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME. THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 0112Z 06 FEB 2013 COORDINATES - 10.9 SOUTH 165.1 EAST DEPTH - 33 KM LOCATION - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS MAGNITUDE - 8.0 MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER ------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- ----- LATA WHARF SB 10.7S 165.8E 0129Z 0.91M / 3.0FT 18MIN LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH) LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST) TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME) AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT. EVALUATION SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT. FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES. ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR. LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME -------------------------------- ------------ ------------ SOLOMON ISLANDS KIRAKIRA 10.4S 161.9E 0145Z 06 FEB AUKI 8.8S 160.6E 0216Z 06 FEB HONIARA 9.3S 160.0E 0222Z 06 FEB GHATERE 7.8S 159.2E 0227Z 06 FEB MUNDA 8.4S 157.2E 0233Z 06 FEB PANGGOE 6.9S 157.2E 0245Z 06 FEB FALAMAE 7.4S 155.6E 0253Z 06 FEB VANUATU ESPERITU_SANTO 15.1S 167.3E 0158Z 06 FEB ANATOM_ISLAND 20.2S 169.9E 0254Z 06 FEB NAURU NAURU 0.5S 166.9E 0300Z 06 FEB PAPUA NEW GUINE KIETA 6.1S 155.6E 0304Z 06 FEB AMUN 6.0S 154.7E 0306Z 06 FEB RABAUL 4.2S 152.3E 0330Z 06 FEB LAE 6.8S 147.0E 0402Z 06 FEB KAVIENG 2.5S 150.7E 0406Z 06 FEB PORT_MORESBY 9.3S 146.9E 0426Z 06 FEB MADANG 5.2S 145.8E 0428Z 06 FEB MANUS_ISLAND 2.0S 147.5E 0445Z 06 FEB WEWAK 3.5S 143.6E 0509Z 06 FEB VANIMO 2.6S 141.3E 0530Z 06 FEB TUVALU FUNAFUTI_ISLAND 7.9S 178.5E 0322Z 06 FEB NEW CALEDONIA NOUMEA 22.3S 166.5E 0339Z 06 FEB KOSRAE KOSRAE_ISLAND 5.5N 163.0E 0354Z 06 FEB FIJI SUVA 18.1S 178.4E 0405Z 06 FEB KIRIBATI TARAWA_ISLAND 1.5N 173.0E 0406Z 06 FEB KANTON_ISLAND 2.8S 188.3E 0446Z 06 FEB CHRISTMAS_ISLAN 2.0N 202.5E 0650Z 06 FEB MALDEN_ISLAND 3.9S 205.1E 0700Z 06 FEB FLINT_ISLAND 11.4S 208.2E 0732Z 06 FEB WALLIS AND FUTU FUTUNA_ISLAND 14.3S 181.8E 0414Z 06 FEB WALLIS_ISLAND 13.3S 183.8E 0422Z 06 FEB MARSHALL ISLAND KWAJALEIN 8.7N 167.7E 0420Z 06 FEB MAJURO 7.1N 171.4E 0424Z 06 FEB ENIWETOK 11.4N 162.3E 0457Z 06 FEB HOWLAND AND BAK HOWLAND_ISLAND 0.6N 183.4E 0424Z 06 FEB POHNPEI POHNPEI_ISLAND 7.0N 158.2E 0438Z 06 FEB TOKELAU NUKUNONU_ISLAND 9.2S 188.2E 0440Z 06 FEB SAMOA APIA 13.8S 188.2E 0458Z 06 FEB KERMADEC ISLAND RAOUL_ISLAND 29.2S 182.1E 0504Z 06 FEB NEW ZEALAND NORTH_CAPE 34.4S 173.3E 0505Z 06 FEB AUCKLAND_WEST 37.1S 174.2E 0606Z 06 FEB EAST_CAPE 37.7S 178.5E 0615Z 06 FEB GISBORNE 38.7S 178.0E 0639Z 06 FEB AUCKLAND_EAST 36.7S 175.0E 0647Z 06 FEB NEW_PLYMOUTH 39.1S 174.1E 0651Z 06 FEB WELLINGTON 41.3S 174.8E 0703Z 06 FEB MILFORD_SOUND 44.6S 167.9E 0720Z 06 FEB NAPIER 39.5S 176.9E 0727Z 06 FEB WESTPORT 41.8S 171.6E 0730Z 06 FEB AMERICAN SAMOA PAGO_PAGO 14.3S 189.3E 0506Z 06 FEB TONGA NUKUALOFA 21.0S 184.8E 0514Z 06 FEB AUSTRALIA BRISBANE 27.2S 153.3E 0515Z 06 FEB CAIRNS 16.7S 145.8E 0520Z 06 FEB SYDNEY 33.9S 151.4E 0546Z 06 FEB GLADSTONE 23.8S 151.4E 0625Z 06 FEB HOBART 43.3S 147.6E 0721Z 06 FEB MACKAY 21.1S 149.3E 0741Z 06 FEB NIUE NIUE_ISLAND 19.0S 190.0E 0531Z 06 FEB COOK ISLANDS PUKAPUKA_ISLAND 10.8S 194.1E 0533Z 06 FEB PENRYN_ISLAND 8.9S 202.2E 0641Z 06 FEB RAROTONGA 21.2S 200.2E 0647Z 06 FEB INDONESIA JAYAPURA 2.4S 140.8E 0537Z 06 FEB WARSA 0.6S 135.8E 0622Z 06 FEB MANOKWARI 0.8S 134.2E 0641Z 06 FEB SORONG 0.8S 131.1E 0710Z 06 FEB BEREBERE 2.5N 128.7E 0730Z 06 FEB PATANI 0.4N 128.8E 0739Z 06 FEB GEME 4.6N 126.8E 0750Z 06 FEB WAKE ISLAND WAKE_ISLAND 19.3N 166.6E 0547Z 06 FEB CHUUK CHUUK_ISLAND 7.4N 151.8E 0555Z 06 FEB JARVIS ISLAND JARVIS_ISLAND 0.4S 199.9E 0621Z 06 FEB GUAM GUAM 13.4N 144.7E 0622Z 06 FEB NORTHERN MARIAN SAIPAN 15.3N 145.8E 0626Z 06 FEB PALMYRA ISLAND PALMYRA_ISLAND 6.3N 197.6E 0628Z 06 FEB YAP YAP_ISLAND 9.5N 138.1E 0635Z 06 FEB JOHNSTON ISLAND JOHNSTON_ISLAND 16.7N 190.5E 0637Z 06 FEB MINAMITORISHIMA MINAMITORISHIMA 24.3N 154.0E 0640Z 06 FEB BELAU MALAKAL 7.3N 134.5E 0658Z 06 FEB BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

 

Region:                            SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

Geographic coordinates:            10.752S, 165.089E
Magnitude:                        8.0
Depth:                            5 km
Universal Time (UTC):              6 Feb 2013  01:12:23
Time near the Epicenter:           6 Feb 2013  12:12:23
Local standard time in your area:  6 Feb 2013  01:12:23

Location with respect to nearby cities:
347 km (215 miles) E (96 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
580 km (361 miles) ESE (105 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1963 km (1220 miles) E (96 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

NOTABLE AFTERSHOCKS SINCE 8.0 –

5.2 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 10.597°S 165.363°E 10.0
6.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 10.514°S 165.733°E 10.2
5.7 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 11.628°S 165.937°E 10.0
5.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 10.922°S 165.085°E 10.0
6.4 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION 11.232°S 164.921°E 10.1
5.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 11.366°S 165.768°E 10.1
8.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 10.738°S 165.138°E 28.7

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