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7.3M quake in Vanuatu, no tsunami threat to Hawaii but sea level changes and currents may occur starting 10:51 a.m. Saturday (Dec 25)

Magnitude
7.3
Date-Time
Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 13:16:37 UTC
Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 12:16:37 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
19.775°S, 167.895°E
Depth
12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Region
VANUATU REGION
Distances
145 km (90 miles) W of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
195 km (120 miles) N of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
230 km (145 miles) S of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
1740 km (1080 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
328 AM HST SAT DEC 25 2010

TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT – TSUNAMI INFORMATION

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 0317 AM HST 25 DEC 2010
COORDINATES – 19.7 SOUTH 168.0 EAST
LOCATION – VANUATU ISLANDS REGION
MAGNITUDE – 7.6 MOMENT

EVALUATION

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED A NON-EXPANDING REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING FOR A PART OF THE PACIFIC NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE. BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA THERE IS NO DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

HOWEVER… SOME COASTAL AREAS IN HAWAII COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL NON-DESTRUCTIVE SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL CURRENTS LASTING UP TO SEVERAL HOURS. THE ESTIMATED TIME SUCH EFFECTS MIGHT BEGIN IS

1051 AM HST SAT 25 DEC 2010

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

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