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Tsunami watch initial 8.10.09 12.15

Press Release – Environment Bay of Plenty

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has advised the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group that an earthquake has occurred with these preliminary parameters.
Media Advisory

Tsunami watch initial
For immediate release: 12.15pm Thursday 8 October 2009

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has advised the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group that an earthquake has occurred with these preliminary parameters.

ORIGIN TIME – 2203Z 07 OCT 2009
COORDINATES – 13.0 SOUTH 166.3 EAST
DEPTH – 33 KM
LOCATION – VANUATU ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 8.0

It is not known that a Tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation. An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive Tsunami that can strike coastlines near the Epicenter within minutes and more distance coastlines within hours. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center will monitor sea level data from gauges near the earthquake to determine if a Tsunami was generated and estimate the severity of the threat.

No further information is available at this time.

Members of the public should listen to radio announcements and contact their district and city councils for further advice.

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3 comments:

  1. noidentity, 8. October 2009, 12:53

    oh crap man fiji is soo tiny that a tsunami can put that beautiful country
    under water

    i really hope that this is a false warning!!!!

     
  2. Thakur Ranjit Singh, 8. October 2009, 13:29

    Just heard from a contact in Fiji (2.15pm NZ time, 1.15pm Fiji Time- Thursday 8 October, 2009):

    “I just got back into the office,(in central Suva) after waiting anxiously for the Tsunami to hit Fiji . There was a sense of chaos on the streets of Suva , I left the office at 10.35am, (11.35 NZ Time) just managed to rush up to Selbourne Street and boy, there were cars stuck in traffic, bumper to bumper, people rushing up to safety.

    Even people were taking pictures and I was a bit nervous as I couldn’t contact my family, the mobile network was busy.

    After an anxious wait, the words I was waiting to hear, Tsunami warning was cancelled.

    All in all, it’s a relief to know that the Tsunami warning has been cancelled.”

    Thank God, all appears to be well in Suva

     
  3. Someone WHO CARES, 8. October 2009, 18:41

    Fiji may be small but compared to a TINY KINGDOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC LIKE TONGA they would be in MUCH BETTER shape and have AID UNLIKE the “little” islands who inhabit the South Pacific without the benefits of the US and tourism to back them and their “importance” or prioritize them as LESS important! Remember ALL people from ALL countries AND islands are EQUAL!