7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Pacific island of Vanuatu

 A earthquake hit the Pacific Island of Vanuatu minutes ago. There was a tsunami warning as well but that was cancelled. 

The earthquake hit at a distance of:

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 A earthquake hit the Pacific Island of Vanuatu minutes ago. There was a tsunami warning as well but that was cancelled. 

The earthquake hit at a distance of:

 215 km (135 miles) NNW of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
340 km (210 miles) SSE of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Isl.
485 km (300 miles) NNW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
2070 km (1290 miles) NE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

 

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1739Z 27 MAY 2010

NOTE:  ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIMES IN THE FIRST BULLETIN WERE
INCORRECT AND THEY HAVE BEEN CORRECTED IN THIS BULLETIN.

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

 VANUATU / SOLOMON IS. / NEW CALEDONIA

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

 ORIGIN TIME -  1715Z 27 MAY 2010
 COORDINATES -  13.7 SOUTH  166.5 EAST
 DEPTH       -   20 KM
 LOCATION    -  VANUATU ISLANDS
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.3

EVALUATION

 IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED.  THIS WARNING IS
 BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
 SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
 STRIKE COASTLINES IN THE REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES
 TO HOURS. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE
 ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE
 TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL GAUGES NEAREST THE REGION AND REPORT IF ANY
 TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY IS OBSERVED. THE WARNING WILL NOT EXPAND
 TO OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED
 TO WARRANT SUCH AN EXPANSION.

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.

 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 VANUATU          ESPERITU SANTO     15.1S 167.3E    1737Z 27 MAY
                  ANATOM IS.         20.2S 169.9E    1831Z 27 MAY
 SOLOMON IS.      KIRAKIRA           10.4S 161.9E    1805Z 27 MAY
                  GHATERE             7.8S 159.2E    1845Z 27 MAY
                  MUNDA               8.4S 157.2E    1848Z 27 MAY
                  AUKI                8.8S 160.6E    1852Z 27 MAY
                  HONIARA             9.3S 160.0E    1852Z 27 MAY
 NEW CALEDONIA    NOUMEA             22.3S 166.5E    1923Z 27 MAY

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

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

 

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