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A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

AMERICAN SAMOA / SAMOA / NIUE / WALLIS-FUTUNA / TOKELAU /

COOK ISLANDS / TONGA / TUVALU / KIRIBATI / KERMADEC IS / FIJI /

HOWLAND-BAKER / JARVIS IS. / NEW ZEALAND / FR. POLYNESIA /

PALMYRA IS.

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/

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Yes, recieved that in my email alert. This has been issued after a 7.9 M in the Samoa Islands region. Hope everyone is okay!

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BULLETIN

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2

NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI

857 AM HST TUE SEP 29 2009

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH SUPPLEMENT

A TSUNAMI WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

NOTE MOMENT MAGNITUDE INCREASE TO 8.3

ORIGIN TIME - 0748 AM HST 29 SEP 2009

COORDINATES - 15.3 SOUTH 171.0 WEST

LOCATION - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

MAGNITUDE - 8.3 MOMENT

MAGNITUDE - 8.0 RICHTER (MS)

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER

------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----

APIA UPOLU WS 13.8S 171.8W 1832Z 0.70M / 2.3FT 08MIN

PAGO PAGO AS 14.3S 170.7W 1812Z 1.57M / 5.1FT 04MIN

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

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY

THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN

FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE

IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF

THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

0111 PM HST TUE 29 SEP 2009

MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

http://mi.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?prod=TSU

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After shock 5.6 just a few minutes ago.

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A spokeswoman for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told BNO News that a 13.1 foot (4 meter) tsunami had hit the harbor of Pago Pago on American Samoa
A witness told Radio New Zealand that villages on the south-east coast of Samoa's Upolu had been flattened by the earthquake and that police were moving people to higher ground. It also said that a 10 foot (3 meter) tsunami struck its coast,

http://news.bnonews.com/upti

CNN: Tsunami in Samoa had a height of 7m (23 foot) blink.gif

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Hope all manage to get to safety.....

am off to new zealand and cook islands in feb......

8.3 according to update with cnn forecaster suggesting 7 metre waves.....

Luckily these places have tsunami warning systems in place compared to the indian ocean.

Hope its not as severe and any damage minimal.....

very little about it on american news, considering american samoa has been hit badly and near the epicentre and it has a population of 250,000.....

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direct copy from latest Radio New Zealand

Alerts are being sounded in some areas of New Zealand as a potential one-metre tsunami heads to the country in the wake of the 8.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Samoa early this morning.

The epicentre of the quake was 190 km southwest of the islands, at a depth of 33 km, at 6.48am (NZ time).

Waikato's regional council is urging residents in low-lying areas of the Coromandel coast to move to higher ground because of a potential one-metre high tsunami due to hit at approximately 9.45am on Wednesday.

Adam Munroe from the council says local evacuations are being carried out and sirens are sounding.

Fire service staff have been driving around urging residents to move, and harbourmasters are being told by Environment Waikato not to move on the water.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence is advising people not to visit beaches and to leave low lying coastal areas immediately.

The Hawke's Bay Emergency Controller says there may be a one-metre wave at East Cape about 10.22 am.

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management is advising all coastal settlements of the risk, and asking public to keep away from beaches. The tsunami will arrive on a low tide but there is still a risk to beach areas and public safety.

Gisborne Civil Defence is also monitoring the situation and says a tsunami would be about one metre high.

Auckland City Council is advising people on Great Barrier Island and Waiheke Island to move to higher ground.

In Nelson and Tasman, people in low lying coastal areas, particularly the Golden Bay coast, Ruby Bay, Mapua, Monaco and the coast road from Nelson to Richmond, are being advised to have a get-away kit ready in case evacuation is necessary.

Civil defence spokesperson David Coetzee does not expect New Zealand to experience the same impact as Samoa, but people in coastal areas, especially on eastern and northern coasts, should be ready to be evacuate promptly if they are told to.

The ministry advises people to listen broadcasts on radio from local civil defence authorities and local emergency services.

Estimated tsunami arrival time

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued estimated initial arrival times of tsunami waves in New Zealand.

East Cape 9.44am

Gisborne 10am

North Cape 10.12am

Napier 10.40am

Wellington 10.50am

Auckland(east) 11.12am

Auckland(west) 11.39am

Lyttelton 11.55am

New Plymouth 12.17pm

Nelson 12.23pm

Dunedin 12.31pm

Milford Sound 12.58pm

Westport 12.59pm

Bluff 1.44pm

Copyright © 2009 Radio New Zealand

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just coming up on sky news alerts now ..

kaz

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A lot of aftershocks still happening.

DATE LAT LON MAG DEPTH REGION

30-SEP-2009 05:24:51 -15.35 -173.38 5.3 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 04:46:22 -16.35 -172.25 4.8 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 04:03:11 -15.62 -173.35 5.0 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 03:18:10 -15.78 -172.77 4.6 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 02:47:27 -15.72 -173.14 5.0 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 02:39:08 -16.23 -172.91 4.7 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 02:29:34 -16.62 -173.04 5.0 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 01:39:50 -15.48 -173.38 5.1 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 01:30:40 -15.53 -172.58 4.9 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 01:16:18 -15.58 -172.04 4.9 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 01:09:29 -14.97 -173.61 5.1 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 01:05:34 -14.91 -173.24 5.2 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 00:40:52 -15.46 -172.93 5.1 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

30-SEP-2009 00:27:53 -15.03 -173.14 4.8 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 00:22:38 -15.38 -173.48 4.9 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

30-SEP-2009 00:11:38 -15.99 -172.24 5.0 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 23:51:43 -15.13 -171.94 4.9 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 23:45:03 -15.84 -172.53 5.9 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 23:32:57 -15.54 -173.32 5.4 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 23:11:51 -15.56 -173.37 5.5 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 22:41:45 -15.20 -172.90 4.9 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 22:08:30 -15.35 -173.39 5.1 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 21:51:00 -16.17 -172.53 4.9 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 21:28:56 -17.21 -173.00 5.0 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 18:57:58 -16.07 -173.12 5.2 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 18:46:02 -14.95 -173.33 5.0 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 18:40:11 -15.35 -173.30 5.4 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 18:34:29 -14.87 -172.49 5.1 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 18:29:26 -15.95 -173.23 5.0 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 18:21:42 -16.20 -173.07 5.8 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

29-SEP-2009 18:08:22 -15.47 -172.09 5.6 10.0 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

29-SEP-2009 17:48:19 -15.56 -172.30 8.0 85.4 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

21-SEP-2009 09:30:25 -19.72 -177.53 4.6 401.6 FIJI ISLANDS REGION

16-SEP-2009 14:16:09 -15.45 -173.11 4.7 10.0 TONGA ISLANDS

16-SEP-2009 02:14:14 -21.99 -179.83 4.3 587.1 FIJI ISLANDS REGION

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www.npr.org

A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific hurled massive tsunami waves at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people out to sea, leaving at least 82 dead and dozens missing
Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile (1.6 kilometers) inland, Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, was quoted as saying by a parks service spokeswoman. He reported dozens of park workers missing.

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Just had this in my email:

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001

PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS

ISSUED AT 1026Z 30 SEP 2009

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

... A REGIONAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

INDONESIA / INDIA / THAILAND / MALAYSIA

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION...THIS MESSAGE 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 - 1016Z 30 SEP 2009

COORDINATES - 0.9 SOUTH 99.9 EAST

LOCATION - SOUTHERN SUMATRA INDONESIA

MAGNITUDE - 7.7

EVALUATION

EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A

DESTRUCTIVE LOCAL TSUNAMI AND SOMETIMES A DESTRUCTIVE REGIONAL

TSUNAMI ALONG COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A THOUSAND

KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AREAS FURTHER FROM THE

EPICENTER COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR

UNUSUAL COASTAL CURRENTS.

HOWEVER - IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS

WATCH IS BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AUTHORITIES IN

THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS

POSSIBILITY. THE WATCH WILL NOT EXPAND TO OTHER AREAS OF THE

INDIAN OCEAN 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.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME

-------------------------------- ------------ ------------

INDONESIA PADANG 0.9S 100.1E 1022Z 30 SEP

SIBERUT 1.5S 98.7E 1103Z 30 SEP

BENGKULU 3.9S 102.0E 1125Z 30 SEP

SIMEULUE 2.5N 96.0E 1136Z 30 SEP

BANDA ACEH 5.5N 95.1E 1227Z 30 SEP

BANDAR LAMPUNG 5.7S 105.3E 1251Z 30 SEP

BELAWAN 3.8N 98.8E 1531Z 30 SEP

INDIA GREAT NICOBAR 7.1N 93.6E 1236Z 30 SEP

THAILAND PHUKET 8.0N 98.2E 1400Z 30 SEP

KO PHRA THONG 9.1N 98.2E 1444Z 30 SEP

KO TARUTAO 6.6N 99.6E 1512Z 30 SEP

MALAYSIA GEORGETOWN 5.4N 100.1E 1546Z 30 SEP

PORT DICKSON 2.5N 101.7E 1918Z 30 SEP

ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI

WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION

BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FOR THIS EVENT. IN THE CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION...THE

MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

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Twitter BNO is the best place for up to the minute reports, TV Media is absolutely dreadful in today's age (unless a 7.9 quake hit London then it'd be on every channel 24/7 for a week.)

Latest reports are houses/bridges down in Sumatra, fires in Padang and Japan quoting a "possible destructive Tsunami" in the Indian Ocean as a on-going event right now.

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Already reports of deaths as this wasn't far from Padang.

Summary:

Magnitude Mw 7.8

Region SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

Date time 2009-09-30 at 10:16:09.8 UTC

Location 0.79 S ; 99.82 E

Depth 80 km

Distances 62 km W Padang (pop 840,352 ; local time 17:16 2009-09-30)

39 km SW Padang pariaman (pop 92,183 ; local time 17:16 2009-09-30)

More seismicity information (Moment tensors, phases pickings, etc.)

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two quakes measuring 7.6 & 8.0. one in the Samoa Region, the other in Indonesia.

Interesting that they are both recorded at the same depth 85k!!!

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26 Earthquakes of 5.0 or greater in the Samoa/Tonga region in the last 24 hrs. Which is pretty amazing and scary really.

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26 Earthquakes of 5.0 or greater in the Samoa/Tonga region in the last 24 hrs. Which is pretty amazing and scary really.

That is scary, what I find even more scary is two quakes of that magnitude happening within 24hrs of each other on the same fault line at the same depth in different locations. And as you say many many 5.0+ after shocks.

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That is scary, what I find even more scary is two quakes of that magnitude happening within 24hrs of each other on the same fault line at the same depth in different locations. And as you say many many 5.0+ after shocks.

There have been 37 in that region in the last 24 hours the weakest being 4.7 and it doesnt look like they are stopping or weakening. Is this region volcanic because that amount of regular movement could suggest magma moving - i am only guessing.

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Thousands of people were feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings following a powerful earthquake in the Indonesian city of Padang, a senior health ministry official said today. Rustam Pakaya, the head of the health ministry's disaster centre, said a hospital near the epicentre had also collapsed. "Jamil hospital collapsed and thousands of people are trapped in the rubble of buildings," Pakaya said.

The magnitude 7.6 quake was centred 32 miles north-west of the city in western Sumatra, said the US geological survey. An earlier quake prompted a tsunami that struck the Pacific islands of Samoa and American Samoa, killing more than 100 people.

Local reports said the Indonesian quake brought down buildings and bridges, damaged houses and started fires. There were no immediate reports of fatalities but several people were reported injured. "A number of hotels in Padang have been destroyed," Rahmat Triyono, of the Indonesian geophysics and meteorology agency was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post. "Up to now we haven't been able to reach Padang. Communications have been cut."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an alert but later cancelled it. Tremors from the quake were said to have been felt in Malaysia and Singapore. A 6.2-magnitude aftershock followed the initial quake about 22 minutes later, the meteorological agency said. The earthquake came hours after another quake triggered a tsunami that left at least 100 people dead on the Pacific islands of Samoa and American Samoa.

A resident described the scene to Indonesia's Metro Television. "For now I can't see dead bodies, just collapsed houses. Some half-destroyed, others completely. People are standing around too scared to go back inside. They fear a tsunami. "No help has arrived yet. I can see small children standing around carrying blankets. Some people are looking for relatives but all the lights have gone out completely." Other eyewitness accounts said people fled on to the streets as buildings collapsed.

"Hundreds of houses have been damaged along the road," Reuters quoted a witness as saying. "There are some fires, bridges are cut and there is extreme panic here because water pipes are broken and there is flooding in the streets." Padang, a city of 900,000 people, sits on one of the world's most active faultlines along the "ring of fire", where the Indo-Australia plate and the Eurasia tectonic plate grind together to cause frequent tremors and, occasionally, large earthquakes.

The same faultline caused the 2004 tsunami in which 232,000 people died in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and other countries across the Indian Ocean. "Padang sits right in front of the area with the greatest potential for an 8.9 magnitude earthquake," Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, a geologist at the Indonesian Science Institute, said earlier this year. "The entire city could drown in a tsunami triggered by such a quake,." he added.

www.guardian.co.uk

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