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    8.0-magnitude earthquake in the Solomons sparks tsunami warning in South Pacific

    Tsunami warning issued for South Pacific islands
    SYDNEY (AP) — A tsunami alert has been issued after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the 8.0-magnitude quake struck Wednesday 81 kilometers (50 miles) west of Lata, in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 5.8 kilometers (3.6 miles.)

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the tsunami warning is in effect for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna.

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    Ring of fire has been heating up of late. Can't say this was unexpected. Hope folks stay safe.
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    A tsunami watch is also in effect for:
    MARSHALL ISLANDS / HOWLAND AND BAKER / POHNPEI / TOKELAU /
    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
    http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/text.ph...013.02.06.0118

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    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

    Time Magnitude Location
    37 minutes ago 6.4 Santa Cruz Islands region
    48 minutes ago 8.0 Santa Cruz Islands
    1 hour ago 6.3 Santa Cruz Islands
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    Here's tarabull's WS "Ring of Fire" thread:

    Four strong earthquakes signal angry ‘Ring of Fire’

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    Reports had surfaced that the tsunami watch included Australia, Guam, American Samoa and the Marshall & Cook Islands. As of 8:40 p.m. ET, Reuters tweeted that Australia was not included in the threat zone, citing the Australia Weather Bureau.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_2626762.html
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    That's a biggie. I hope that no tsunami develops, or if it does, it's a small one. Prayers for everyone in the area.

    And yes, this was not at all unexpected - but it's big. Very big.

    Still...this makes me wonder...energy travels, imho, like ripples; and we've had some serious quakes in the last few years (and yes, imho, larger than usual and more than usual). But again, there's nothing to do but be as prepared as possible, and double check supplies, and take it easy until it shakes under your feet.

    Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcya View Post
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

    Time Magnitude Location
    37 minutes ago 6.4 Santa Cruz Islands region
    48 minutes ago 8.0 Santa Cruz Islands
    1 hour ago 6.3 Santa Cruz Islands
    Just had a quick looksee on USGS, and wanted to say that thankfully, this looks like a normal aftershock pattern. It will be interesting to see where the 'reverberations' happen - I'm betting Chile goes off again, and we'll see some Japanese movement (poor good folks there), and something going off in either the Kuril Islands or Alaska...

    And maybe something on the west coast. That's the one which might affect me directly...and what bugs me is that with the other large quakes, we've seen a lot of corresponding east/west reverb and north/south reverb...but the west coast has been silent and quiet. And that's a big concern.

    So I'll double check supplies (again), top off what I need to top off (again), and just...wait.

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    With several large earthquakes rocking the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific, a few of our viewers have been concerned that this will impact the New Madrid fault or cause it to shift. While this is a valid concern, the two are not directly linked. Since the New Madrid fault zone network is sub-continental, it is not linked to the Pacific Rim (like those along the West Coast of California, or Asian countries). Adding to that, the New Madrid fault zone is composed of different kinds of faults than those in California.

    http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/weather/blog/63200602.html

    while logically I know the above. I still get nervous anytime there are big ones rumbling anywhere. I still remain convinced the New Madrid will be rumbling a big one and soon.
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    Yikes! Just looked up some of the Micronesian island nations: Tuvalu, for example - the HIGHEST POINT IN THE COUNTRY is only 15 feet above sea level.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcya View Post
    With several large earthquakes rocking the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific, a few of our viewers have been concerned that this will impact the New Madrid fault or cause it to shift. While this is a valid concern, the two are not directly linked. Since the New Madrid fault zone network is sub-continental, it is not linked to the Pacific Rim (like those along the West Coast of California, or Asian countries). Adding to that, the New Madrid fault zone is composed of different kinds of faults than those in California.

    http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/weather/blog/63200602.html

    while logically I know the above. I still get nervous anytime there are big ones rumbling anywhere. I still remain convinced the New Madrid will be rumbling a big one and soon.
    New Madrid is a ticking time bomb for sure.

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    Knowing our luck this will be the one time this jerk gets it right.

    “There’s going to be many, many disasters, desert disasters, sometimes God speaks in alliterations to me,” Bakker said. “In California confusion is going to happen and it’s going to be awful, the earthquakes are shaking, the ring of fire is shaking, there are going to be earthquakes like we’ve never seen before, there’s going to be storms like we’ve never seen before.”

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/conten...alifornia-fire
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcya View Post
    With several large earthquakes rocking the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific, a few of our viewers have been concerned that this will impact the New Madrid fault or cause it to shift. While this is a valid concern, the two are not directly linked. Since the New Madrid fault zone network is sub-continental, it is not linked to the Pacific Rim (like those along the West Coast of California, or Asian countries). Adding to that, the New Madrid fault zone is composed of different kinds of faults than those in California.

    http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/weather/blog/63200602.html

    while logically I know the above. I still get nervous anytime there are big ones rumbling anywhere. I still remain convinced the New Madrid will be rumbling a big one and soon.
    Hey now! Don't be pointing out faults that are on my side of the country! I was fine with tornados, floods, and droughts, but earthquakes- no, I draw the line. I am just going to assume you looked at the map incorrectly and this Madrid Fault is in Spain, thank you very much.
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    AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

    ORIGIN TIME - 0312 PM HST 05 FEB 2013
    COORDINATES - 10.9 SOUTH 165.1 EAST
    LOCATION - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
    MAGNITUDE - 8.0 MOMENT

    EVALUATION

    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

    1004 PM HST TUE 05 FEB 2013


    http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/text.ph...013.02.06.0213
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    A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

    SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU /
    NEW CALEDONIA / KOSRAE / FIJI / KIRIBATI / WALLIS AND FUTUNA

    A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

    MARSHALL ISLANDS / HOWLAND AND BAKER / POHNPEI / TOKELAU /
    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

    FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
    INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

    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


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    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.

    FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
    AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
    OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
    THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
    CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
    CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
    ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

    ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
    WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

    http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/text.ph...013.02.06.0212

    the above link gives predicted arrival times for tsunami for the various warned areas.
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