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Powerful Quake Strikes E of Sulangan, Philippines

Posted by feww on August 31, 2012

M7.9 Quake Strikes E Philippines, Tsunami Warning in Effect

Powerful earthquake struck Philippine Islands Region about 106 km (66 miles) ESE (102°) from Guiuan, Samar, Philippines, USGS/EHP reported.

TSUNAMI STATUS: WARNING, WATCH

Expanding Regional Warning

TSUNAMI WARNING:

Indonesia, Philippines, Belau, Yap, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, N. Marianas, Papua New Guinea A Tsunami Watch is in Effect For Chuuk, Marcus Is., Kosrae, Pohnpei, Marshall Is., Wake Is., Solomon Is., Russia, Nauru

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1 – NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI, 2:57AM HST FRI AUG 31, 2012
A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 02:57AM HST.

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 12:28PM HST FRI 31 AUG 2012


Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details [USGS]

  • Date-Time: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 12:47:34 UTC
  • Location: 10.828°N, 126.677°E
  • Depth:  34.9 km (21.7 miles)
  • Region: Philippine Islands Region
  • Distances:
    • 106 km (66 miles) ESE (102°) from Guiuan, Samar, Philippines
    • 175 km (109 miles) NE (48°) from Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines
    • 749 km (465 miles) SE (124°) from MANILA, Philippines
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles)

EQ Details [GEOFON Program]

  • Magnitude: 7.5 (Mw)
  • Time: 2012-08-31 12:47:32.2 UTC
  • Epicenter: 126.82°E 10.82°N
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Status: C – confirmed

Other Significant Quakes

  • M6.8; 71.461°N, 10.919°W; 99km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen [935km (581mi) NNE of Reykjavik, Iceland;]2012-08-30 at 13:43UTC, at a depth of 9.9km.

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