M8 quake hits Solomon Islands — Tsunami warning issued in Pacific

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 9:11 pm ET
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Powerful quake strikes off Solomon Islands, 9:03p ET:

[...] A tsunami watch was in effect for more places: the 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 and Belau.

Nathan Becker, with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, told CNN that conditions are right for the making of a tsunami.

[...] it might be an hour before they know more, he said.

See also: Update: Quakes continue near Solomon Islands, up to M6.6 — Now a dozen in last few hours (MAP)

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 9:11 pm ET
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8 comments to M8 quake hits Solomon Islands — Tsunami warning issued in Pacific

  • VanneV anne

    MAP: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/165_-10.php

    5.2 2013/02/06 02:06:21
    -10.597 165.363 10.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
    6.6 2013/02/06 01:54:15
    -10.514 165.733 10.2 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
    5.7 2013/02/06 01:48:43
    -11.628 165.937 10.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
    5.6 2013/02/06 01:33:37
    -10.922 165.085 10.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
    6.4 2013/02/06 01:23:20
    -11.232 164.921 10.1 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION
    5.6 2013/02/06 01:22:13
    -11.366 165.768 10.1 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

    8.0 2013/02/06 01:12:27
    -10.738 165.138 28.7 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

    5.3 2013/02/06 00:46:01
    -10.871 165.029 9.5 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
    6.3 2013/02/06 00:07:23
    -10.858 165.206 10.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS


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  • There have been so far eleven quakes of more than mag 6 during the last few days. More to come, folks.


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  • Anthony Anthony

    EARTHQUAKE OFF SOLOMON ISLANDS, FEBRUARY 2013
    Tsunami not expected for US West Coast, British Columbia, Alaska – @NWS_WCATWC

    PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 3
    NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
    721 PM PST TUE FEB 5 2013

    THIS IS THE FINAL INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR THIS EVENT.

    …THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR ALASKA/ BRITISH
    COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA…

    EVALUATION
    ———-
    * NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE.

    * SOME OF THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE MAY EXPERIENCE NON-DAMAGING
    SEA LEVEL CHANGES.

    * SEA LEVEL OBSERVATIONS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED.

    PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
    ———————————
    * MAGNITUDE 8.0
    * ORIGIN TIME 1613 AKST FEB 05 2013
    1713 PST FEB 05 2013
    0113 UTC FEB 06 2013
    * COORDINATES 10.9 SOUTH 165.1 EAST
    * DEPTH 21 MILES
    * LOCATION SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Waiting for the big one to hit FUKU…

    Fukushima #4; Global Life Extinction Event If It Collapses; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-reactor-4-life-extinction.html


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  • fanch

    Bonjour, ALERTE évacuation des plages (en pleine période de vacance) sur la Nouvelle Calédonie vague de 1 métre attendue fermeture des administrations, plan ORSEC engagé par le haut-commissariat, en attente de la vague……..


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Bonjour fanch,

      Hope this translation from French to English that I used online, is correct:

      Quote: Hello, ALARM evacuation of the beaches (in full period of vacancy) on vague New Caledonia of 1 measures waited closing of the administrations, plan ORSEC engaged by the high commissionership, on standby of vagueness


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      • guezilla

        The tsunami warnings were canceled anyway, but that translation came out funny enough :) In particular, the french word "vague" is here translated as, well, vague. According to dictionary it's wave, but in this case means tsunami.
        New Caledonia is French territory in the Pacific, for which an early tsunami warning was indeed issued. The authority in question is usually translated as French High Commission.
        ORSEC is "Organisation de la Réponse de SÉcurité Civile" or shortly "rescue organization". For the Americans, this is roughly equivalent to FEMA and "plan ORSEC enganged" means declaration of emergency.

        However, the reports of the tsunami were as follows:
        GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
        ——————- —– —— —– ————— —–
        LUGANVILLE VU 15.5S 167.2E 0319Z 0.26M / 0.8FT 28MIN
        DART 55023 14.8S 153.6E 0326Z 0.05M / 0.2FT 06MIN
        HIENGHENE NEW CALED 20.7S 164.9E 0319Z 0.55M / 1.8FT 14MIN
        LIFOU NEW CALEDONIA 20.9S 167.3E 0309Z 0.48M / 1.6FT 10MIN
        VANUATU 17.8S 168.3E 0255Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 16MIN
        DART 52406 5.3S 165.1E 0206Z 0.04M / 0.1FT 10MIN
        DART 55012 15.8S 158.5E 0237Z 0.17M / 0.6FT 06MIN
        LATA WHARF SB 10.7S 165.8E 0129Z 0.91M / 3.0FT 18MIN


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