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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:28 PM

 

Earthquake measuring 8.0 hits off Solomon Islands in the Pacific; tsunami warning issued

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Breaking News: Earthquake measuring 8.0 hits off Solomon Islands in the Pacific; tsunami warning issued for South Pacific islands



http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/us-solomons-quake-idUSBRE91500X20130206



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(Reuters) - A powerful earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude has struck east of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was a shallow 5.8 km (3.6 miles) deep and the epicenter was 347 km east of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands.

A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

(Reporting by Michael Perry and John Mair; Editing by Ed Davies)

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Reply Earthquake measuring 8.0 hits off Solomon Islands in the Pacific; tsunami warning issued (Original post)
Lionessa Feb 2013 OP
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #1
Lionessa Feb 2013 #2
PADemD Feb 2013 #3
Douglas Carpenter Feb 2013 #4
Adsos Letter Feb 2013 #5
Left Coast2020 Feb 2013 #6
Douglas Carpenter Feb 2013 #7
Douglas Carpenter Feb 2013 #8

Response to Lionessa (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:44 PM

1. URL for the story now available:

The quake was a shallow 5.8 km (3.6 miles) deep and the epicenter was 347 km east of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/us-solomons-quake-idUSBRE91500X20130206

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:47 PM

2. Thanks I've updated the post.

 

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Response to Lionessa (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:57 PM

3. Massive earthquake at the Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands) Tsunami Warnings and Watch in place

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Response to Lionessa (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:05 PM

4. yikes, I'm actually living somewhere under a Tsunami watch

A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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 Pelau.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/05/world/asia/solomon-islands-quake/index.html?hpt=hp_t1



I think it is fair to say that the possibility of being hit here in the Marianas is quite remote - possible but only remotely possible.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:09 PM

5. I hope you're right about the remoteness of the possibility at your location.

My youngest daughter lived on Kosrae for a summer, and has good friends there. Hope everyone stays safe.

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Response to Lionessa (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:13 PM

6. Just saw this on MSNBC

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/05/16858962-powerful-quake-in-south-pacific-triggers-3-foot-tsunami?lite

I have to look at goog-earth to see where this is. Amazing to see someone is in the region, and I have been to Marianas Islands--Saipan to be specific (2001).

Isn't Saipan in the zone of concern?

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Response to Left Coast2020 (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:25 PM

7. everyone at work is lightly joking about it. There have been a few Tsunami watches here in Saipan

There is a credible theory that the Marianas Trench - which of course is the deepest spot on earth would swallow any Tsunami. Of course it is not possible to confirm such a theory. But there is no historic record of a Tsunami ever causing any damage on Saipan or in the Northern Marianas. But nonetheless, I am glad I moved from Garapan up to Capital Hill.


This from today's Marianas Variety:

Quake strikes in South Pacific; Marianas under tsunami watch

SYDNEY (AP) A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific generated a tsunami Wednesday that prompting warnings to several island nations and territories, including the CNMI and Guam.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami of 3 feet was measured in Lata wharf, in the Solomon Islands, about 2,000 miles from the Marianas. No damage was immediately reported there or in Vanuatu, which also was covered by the warning.
The statement said the waves could be destructive near the epicenter and threaten more distant coasts.
The quake struck the Solomons at around 11:29 a.m., Marianas time. The warning center said any tsunami waves could reach Guam at about 4:22 p.m. and the CNMI at about 4:26 p.m., Wednesday.

http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53370-quake-strikes-in-south-pacific-marianas-under-tsunami-watch


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Response to Lionessa (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:43 AM

8. UPDATE: Tsunami warnings canceled

SYDNEY (AP) The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has cancelled all tsunami warnings and watches in the area. A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific on Wednesday morning generated a tsunami that prompted warnings to several island nations and territories, including the CNMI and Guam
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The warning center said a tsunami of 3 feet was measured in Lata wharf, in the Solomon Islands, about 2,000 miles from the Marianas. No damage was immediately reported there or in Vanuatu.
The quake struck the Solomons at around 11:29 a.m., Marianas time.

http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53370-quake-strikes-in-south-pacific-marianas-under-tsunami-watch

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