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Strong 6.5M quake hits Vanuatu area, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

Magnitude
6.5
Date-Time
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 22:05:26 UTC
Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 09:05:26 AM at epicenter
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:05:26 HST (Hawaii Standard Time)
Location
18.998°S, 168.771°E
Depth
8.7 km (5.4 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
79 km (49 miles) NW (319°) from Isangel, Vanuatu
147 km (92 miles) SSE (160°) from PORT-VILA, Vanuatu
295 km (183 miles) NNE (18°) from Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
1865 km (1159 miles) ENE (63°) from Brisbane, Australia

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2211Z 14 APR 2012

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA… WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

… TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN …

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

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 – 2205Z 14 APR 2012
COORDINATES – 19.1 SOUTH 168.8 EAST
DEPTH – 33 KM
LOCATION – VANUATU ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 6.6

EVALUATION

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA.

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