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7.1 Colombia Earthquake–No Tsunami Alert

September 30, 2012
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and the United States Geological Service say an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 has hit Colombia, but no tsunami is forecast for the Pacific region. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the region.  There were also no local tsunami expected. The United States Geological Survey says the quake struck at 11:32 a.m. local time, at 6:32 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time,  about 30 miles from the regional capital of Popayan.   The coordinates were  2.0 North,   76.6 West, around 140 kilometers deep.  The USGS said they…

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Tsunami Warning Now for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua

September 5, 2012
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Tsunami Warning Now for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Costa Rica around 4:42 a.m. today, Wednesday,  Hawaii Standard Time, or 14:42 Zulu, international time.  Initially the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued widespread warnings for the entire Caribbean region but has now reduced the area to be a warning for only Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. There is no tsunami watch nor warning in effect for the Hawaiian Islands. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has forecasted possible the likely arrival times of a tsunami: LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME ——————————–    ————    ———— COSTA RICA       CABO_SAN_ELENA…

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Central America Earthquake Generates Small Tsunami, Warnings Now Pau

August 27, 2012
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Central America Earthquake Generates Small Tsunami, Warnings Now Pau

The Central America earthquake, listed as 7.4 by the United States Geological Survey, generated small tsunami waves at three locations near the quake’s epicenter.  There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.    The small tsunami at Acajutla, El Salvador, Dart, and La Union, El Salvador and were under a foot at each location. The earthquake hit at 6:58 HST, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of tsunami for Hawaii but they issued tsunami warnings for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and Mexico. All tsunami warnings have…

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Earthquake Off Central America May Generate Tsunami THERE, Not in Hawaii

August 26, 2012
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Earthquake Off Central America May Generate Tsunami THERE, Not in Hawaii

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a large earthquake struck off the coast of Central America near El Salvador,  and has generated tsunami warnings in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and Mexico.  There is no tsunami warning for Hawaii or the Pacific Region. The earthquake struck at 4:58 Zulu Time, on August 27, or 6:58 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Sunday, August 26.  The initial magnitude is set at 7.4. The quake’s coordinates were 12.7 North and 88.5 West, at a depth of 54 kilometers, around 34 miles deep, off the coast…

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6.4 Quake Hits Indonesia; No Tsunami Coming

August 26, 2012
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6.4 Quake Hits Indonesia; No Tsunami Coming

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck at the Northern Molucca Sea at 5:05 a.m. HST on Sunday, August 26,  but is not expected to generate any destructive tsunami.  The quake was initially thought to have a magnitude of 6.7, but was downgraded by the United States Geological Service after further review.  Time at the epicenter was 11:05 p.m. Sunday.   The Molucca Sea is  in Indonesia, with the earthquake at coordinates 2.2 North and 126.9 East, at a depth of 69.7 km, or 43 miles.  The quake was 85 miles WNW of Tobelo,…

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Small Saturday Quake Hits Off Ka’u

August 26, 2012
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Small Saturday Quake Hits Off Ka’u

An earthquake with magnitude 3.7 struck off the Ka’u coast at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, August 25. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat.  The quake was located at 19.8 North, 155.4 West, with no depth listed. Earthquake information is posted online at http://ptwc.weather.gov/

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Japan 7.3 Quake: No Tsunami Coming Here

August 13, 2012
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a 7.3 earthquake has struck in the Sea of Okhotsk, Japan, just around 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.  There is no destructive tsunami coming to Hawaii as a result of the quake, according to preliminary estimates. The coordinates for the quake are 49.7 North, 145.3 East, at a depth of 582 KM. We’ll provide any additional updates as they become available.

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Panama Quake Big, But No Tsunami Expected Here

June 3, 2012
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A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit south of Panama.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says they do not expect a destructive tsunami to hit Hawaii.  There may have been and may be locally damaging tsunami in the area of the quake. It hit at 2:45 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time., 6:45 p.m. Panama time   It was 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep, with coordinates 5.1 North and 82.8 West.  That’s around 230 miles south of David, Panama. There’s more detail at the United States Geological Survey web site, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb000a664.php  

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Chile 6.7 Quake Will Not Generate Tsunami

May 17, 2012
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a magnitude 6.7 earthquake off the coast of Chile just after 4 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time is not expected to generate any widespread tsunami.  It may generate local tsunami in Chile, but PTWC says it will not generate a tsunami in areas bordering the Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas. The tsunami was 10 km deep at coordinates  44.7 South 80.3 West, off the South Coast of Chile.  

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Possible Tsunami Detection Via Ships at Sea

May 5, 2012
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A paper published in Saturday’s Geophysical Research Letters says there is a way to improve tsunami warnings using commercial ships. James Foster ,  Benjamin Brooks, Glenn S. Carter, and Mark A. Merrifield of University of Hawaii at Manoa and Dailin Wang of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center published the paper.  They say during the Chile earthquake of February 27, 2010, a cargo ship in the open ocean was able to detect the tsunami because of the length of time it took the wave to pass.  They were using a by kinematic Global Positions System (GPS).…

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No Tsunami from Midnight Tonga Earthquake

April 28, 2012
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No Tsunami from Midnight Tonga Earthquake

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a 6.7 magnitude earthquake near Tonga did not generate a destructive tsunami. The earthquake struck at about 12:08 a.m. Hawaii time, which was 11:08 p.m. at the epicenter.  The quake was  173 miles west of Neiafu, Tonga and 173 miles north of Nukualofa, Tonga at a depth of about 80 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The warning center said based on the depth of the earthquake and other data, no Pacific-wide destructive tsunami was expected. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury from the earthquake.…

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Chile Quake Causes No Hawaii Tsunami

April 16, 2012
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An earthquake initially estimated at 6.5 magnitude hit Chile just before 6 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Monday,   The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami was generated for Hawaii. The quake caused evacuation of the central coast in Chile. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s epicenter was 26 miles (42 kilometers) northeast of Valparaiso, and it had a depth of 23 miles (37 kilometers). It struck just minutes before midnight local time Monday (3:50 Tuesday GMT). The quake knocked out power and telephone service in various parts of Santiago, but the National Emergency…

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Massive Quake in Indonesia – No Hawaii Tsunami Alert

April 11, 2012
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A massive earthquake initially measured at between 8.7 and 8.9 magnitude struck Indonesia Wednesday around 2:38 p.m. Indonesia time, causing a tsunami alert for the Indian Ocean area but none for Hawaii.   A small wave came in  but caused little problem.  The tsunami watch has now been lifted for most of the Indian Ocean but remains for some areas.  The USGS has now set the quake at 8.6 magnitude.   When the quake struck Wednesday, there was widespread panic as residents along the Indonesia coastline fled up to higher ground.  The quake was centered 14…

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