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State of Disaster Declared in Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on February 8, 2013

Significant aftershocks continue to pound Santa Cruz Islands region as govt. declares a State of Disaster

Solomon Islands government has declared a State of Disaster for Santa Cruz Islands after a meter-high tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.0 quake engulfed the region on Wednesday.

  • At least nine people are dead and many are missing after the tsunami damaged or destroyed more than 20 villages.
  • Officials say scope of the disaster is much worse than initially thought and they  still don’t know the fate of the more outlying villages in the reef islands.
  • The tsunami has wept away entire villages, spreading debris everywhere.
  • “The force behind the meter-high [tsunami] wave swept everything in its path, especially in low-lying areas,” said an official.
  •  “Many people have no clothes at all, everything was washed away.”
  • Authorities say about 7,000 people have been displaced as a result of the tsunami,  but the number could reach much higher.

Earthquake Location Map – Santa Cruz Islands Region

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

More than 150 aftershocks have rocked the Santa Cruz Island region following the main shock that struck on Wednesday, February 06, 2013.

  • A 6.6Mw aftershock struck about 36 km (22 miles) SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands at a depth of about 10km on Thursday, February 07, 2013 at 18:59:16 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.

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Tsunami Warning: Powerful Quake Off Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on February 6, 2013

TSUNAMI WARNING after 8.0Mw Strikes off Solomon Islands

A powerful 8.0Mw earthquake in the South Pacific generated a tsunami. Several villages on the Solomon Islands have been destroyed by the quake/tsunami, news agencies quoting the local police have reported.

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU / NEW CALEDONIA / KOSRAE / FIJI / KIRIBATI / WALLIS AND FUTUNA / MARSHALL ISLANDS / HOWLAND AND BAKER / POHNPEI / TOKELAU

Message Type:

Expanding Regional Tsunami Warning Supplement

Warning: Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna, Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau A Tsunami Watch is in Effect For Samoa, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Wake Island, Chuuk, Jarvis Island, Guam, Northern Marianas, Palmyra Island, Yap, Johnston Island, Minamitorishima, Belau, Midway Island… Tsunami Updates: http://ptwc.weather.gov/

tsunami warning

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

SAMOA / KERMADEC ISLANDS / NEW ZEALAND / AMERICAN SAMOA / TONGA / AUSTRALIA / NIUE / COOK  ISLANDS / INDONESIA / WAKE ISLAND / CHUUK / JARVIS ISLAND / GUAM / NORTHERN MARIANAS /
PALMYRA ISLAND / YAP / JOHNSTON ISLAND / MINAMITORISHIMA / BELAU / MIDWAY ISLAND

TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
413 PM HST TUE FEB 05 2013

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.

  • IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL TIME IS 10:04 PM HST TUE 05 FEB 2013
  • THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA.

Earthquake Location Map

EQ location Solomon Islands
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude:  8.0
  • Date-Time: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 01:12:23 UTC
    • Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 12:12:23 PM at epicenter
  • Location:  10.752°S, 165.089°E
  • Depth 5.8 km (3.6 miles) (poorly constrained)
  • Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
  • Distances:
    • 81 km (50 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands
    • 575 km (357 miles) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 15.3 km (9.5 miles); depth +/- 6.9 km (4.3 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Aftershocks:

  • Five significant aftershocks as of posting including 6.6 and 6.4Mw  (USGS)

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