tsunami bulletin number 003
pacific tsunami warning center/noaa/nws
issued at 0018z 08 oct 2009
this bulletin applies to areas within and bordering the pacific
ocean and adjacent seas…except alaska…british columbia…
washington…oregon and california.
… Tsunami warning and watch cancellation …
the tsunami warning and/or watch issued by the pacific tsunami
warning center is now cancelled for
vanuatu / solomon is. / nauru / papua new guinea / tuvalu /
new caledonia / fiji / kiribati / kosrae / wallis-futuna /
howland-baker / marshall is. / tokelau / kermadec is / pohnpei /
new zealand / samoa / american samoa / tonga / australia /
niue / cook islands / chuuk / indonesia / wake is. /
jarvis is. / palmyra is. / guam / n. Marianas / johnston is. /
yap / marcus is. / belau / midway is. / fr. Polynesia / hawaii /
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
origin time - 2203z 07 oct 2009
coordinates - 13.0 south 166.3 east
depth - 33 km
location - vanuatu islands
magnitude - 7.8
measurements or reports of tsunami wave activity
gauge location lat lon time ampl per
vanuatu vu 17.8s 168.3e 2320z 0.05m / 0.2ft 24min
dart coral 55012 15.8s 158.5e 2326z 0.03m / 0.1ft 10min
luganville vu 15.5s 167.2e 2327z 0.10m / 0.3ft 20min
lat - latitude (n-north, s-south)
lon - longitude (e-east, w-west)
time - time of the measurement (z is utc is greenwich time)
ampl - tsunami amplitude measured relative to normal sea level.
it is …not… Crest-to-trough wave height.
values are given in both meters(m) and feet(ft).
per - period of time in minutes(min) from one wave to the next.
sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have
been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter. For
those 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.
no tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas although some
may experience small sea level changes. For all areas covered by
this center…the tsunami warning and watch are cancelled.
this will be the final bulletin issued for this event unless
additional information becomes available.
the west coast/alaska tsunami warning center will issue products
for alaska…british columbia…washington…oregon…california.