M7.6 earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands, NO tsunami threat to Hawaii

Courtesy:  Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Courtesy: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) says there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands.  Initially, it was put at an 8.3 magnitude quake, but was later revised to 7.8, then to 7.6.

The PTWC says based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.  Repeat.  A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The PTWC has issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea.

“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 in the Pacific although some other areas may experience small sea level changes. The tsunami warning is now cancelled for all areas covered by this center.”


TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1039 AM HST SAT APR 12 2014

TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT – TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THE MAGNITUDE IS REVISED DOWNWARD FROM 8.3 TO 7.8 IN THIS MESSAGE. THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 1015 AM HST 12 APR 2014
COORDINATES – 11.3 SOUTH 162.3 EAST
LOCATION – SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 7.8 MOMENT

EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

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