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#1 scubamarli

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:34 PM

Seems another of my trip plans has signalled Mother Earth to act up.

http://www.stuff.co....13314a6000.html

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:47 PM

Here is the advisory for the Pacific Basin (except BC, California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington)
Tsunami/Earthquake ADVISORY - Solomon Islands Vicinity
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 003
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2239Z 01 APR 2007

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

NOTE: AREAS TO THE NORTH OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS SHOULD NOT BE SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED

A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH REMAIN IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR: SOLOMON IS. / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / VANUATU / NEW CALEDONIA / NORTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA / TUVALU / KIRIBATI / FIJI /

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR: KERMADEC IS / NEW ZEALAND /

FOR ALL OTHER PACIFIC AREAS, THIS MESSAGE IS AN ADVISORY ONLY.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2040Z 01 APR 2007
COORDINATES - 8.6 SOUTH 157.2 EAST
LOCATION - SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.1

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

HONIARA -- 15CM -- ZERO-TO-PEAK OBSERVED AT 21:37 GMT

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT....

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH CHINA SEA REGION. IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THE MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

CITIZENS IN AFFECTED AREA SHOULD MONITOR LOCAL NEWS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATON...
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:03 PM

All is well in Cairns.

Here is the latest advice

IDQ20003
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Transmitters serving the coastal area east coast are REQUESTED TO USE THE
STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL BEFORE BROADCASTING THIS MESSAGE

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
QUEENSLAND TSUNAMI WARNING
Issued at 9:17am on Monday the 2nd of April 2007

For people in coastal areas of Queensland.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TSUNAMI BULLETIN

TSUNAMI THREAT TO EASTERN AUSTRALIA and Willis and Barrier Reef
Islands, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii
has detected an undersea earthquake near Solomon Islands and has issued a
Tsunami Bulletin.

The earthquake has also been detected by Geoscience Australia.

UPDATED
*****
Willis Island Meteorological station reported NO noticable affect of waves at
9am by which time the Tsunami should have passed. They are checking to see if
there has been any affect to beaches.

At this stage the Threat seems to have eased, will maintain the warnings until
after any wave may pass near Cooktown after 9.30am.

*****

AN EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 6:40 am EST 02 APR 2007
COORDINATES - 8.6 SOUTH 157.2 EAST
LOCATION - SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.1

Based on the magnitude and location of the earthquake,
tsunami could start affecting these locations at the following local
time:

Cooktown from 0931am 02/04/2007
Cairns from 0949am
Brisbane 1033am
Gladstone 1139am
Mackay 1144am

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:06 PM

It didnt' affect the Willis Islands in the coral sea (ETA there was 8.30) or Cooktown (ETA 9.30). Its 10.05am here BTW.

Local authourities here are saying its a non event. Saying it could still be headed the other way across the Pacific though.

The water rise was only 15cm in Honiara. There are some reports of property damage in Gizo though :)

Edited by Lndr, 01 April 2007 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:14 PM

I have heard conflicting news about Honiara and vicinity; some say there have been waves several meters high. There are reports of several villages flooded and four people reported missing. Communication has been cut off from the Gizo area. I hope everyone is safe. However, it's those areas that are distant and in the path we shall have our fingers crossed for.
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:20 PM

OK,
Here's some more detail about damage, and the eased concern for N.Z.

http://www.stuff.co....4013314a12.html

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:26 PM

I have heard conflicting news about Honiara and vicinity; some say there have been waves several meters high. There are reports of several villages flooded and four people reported missing. Communication has been cut off from the Gizo area. I hope everyone is safe. However, it's those areas that are distant and in the path we shall have our fingers crossed for.
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We have just heard from Kerry at Dive Gizo that they are all OK. Danny had about a metre of water go through the shop, but most things survived and the compressor is still working!

Apparently there are some properties more seriously damaged, and the ground is still shaking. They confirmed there was a lot of damage in nearby Simbo.

Fingers crossed for sure.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:54 PM

WOW.

Sad about the damage but maybe it will clean up the corrupt/messed up Solomons Government as well.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:34 AM

I got a reply from the owner of the Bilikiki. The area around Honiara is not effected, and neither are the Florida islands, Russell Islands, or Morovo Lagoon. Damage appears to be restricted to Gizo area.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:00 AM

Here is the latest on the damage in the Gizo area; hopefully there will be some help coming their way soon.

http://www.freep.com...012/1189/BLOG13

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:58 PM

more news ...

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sending diplomats to the Solomon Islands to check on five New Zealanders who are still missing after yesterday's tsunami.

The Ministry says there are particular concerns for a marine biologist who was onboard a research vessel at sea at the time the tsunami struck.


http://www.abc.net.a...04/s1888371.htm