Sunday, April 13, 2014

Solomon Islands-2nd major earthquake in 24 hours-Tsunami warning in effect

Buoys in the area in event mode
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

Tsunami warning:

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1318Z 13 APR 2014

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 IS IN EFFECT ...

THE EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE IS REDUCED TO 7.4 IN THIS MESSAGE.

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

 SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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 -  1236Z 13 APR 2014
 COORDINATES -  11.5 SOUTH  162.1 EAST
 DEPTH       -   20 KM
 LOCATION    -  SOLOMON ISLANDS
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.4

EVALUATION

 IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED.  THIS WARNING IS
 BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
 SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
 STRIKE COASTLINES IN THE REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES
 TO HOURS. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE
 ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE
 TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL GAUGES NEAREST THE REGION AND REPORT IF ANY
 TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY IS OBSERVED. THE WARNING WILL NOT EXPAND
 TO OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED
 TO WARRANT SUCH AN EXPANSION.

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.

Earthquake info:
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Notice! This is a computer-generated report - this event has not reviewed by a seismologist!
EDIS Number:EQ-20140413-399250-SLB 
Magnitude:7.5
Mercalli scale:10
Date-Time [UTC]:13 April, 2014 at 14:36:18 UTC
Local Date/Time:Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 14:36 in the afternoon at epicenter
Coordinate:11° 27.288, 162° 3.804
Depth:35 km (21.75 miles)
Hypocentrum:Shallow depth
Class:Major
Region:Pacific Ocean - Middle
Country:Solomon Islands
Location:1.01 km (0.63 miles) NW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
Source:USGS
Generated Tsunami:Declare
Damage:Not or no data
The potential impact of the earthquake
Most buildings and their foundations are destroyed. Some bridges are destroyed. Dams are seriously damaged. Large landslides occur. Water is thrown on the banks of canals, rivers, lakes. The ground cracks in large areas. Railroad tracks are bent slightly.

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