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Megan
May 27th, 2010, 01:31 PM
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) Major 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes near the Vanuatu Islands.

http://wireupdate.com/wires/5682/powerful-7-5-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-near-the-vanuatu-islands/

Megan
May 27th, 2010, 01:38 PM
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issues tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

http://wireupdate.com/wires/5683/tsunami-warning-center-issues-tsunami-warning-for-the-solomon-islands-vanuatu-and-new-caledonia/

Megan
May 27th, 2010, 01:44 PM
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- A major earthquake struck off the Vanuatu Islands on early Friday, seismologists said, prompting tsunami warnings for nearby coasts.

The 7.4-magnitude earthquake at 4.14 a.m. local time (1714 UTC Thursday) was centered about 214 kilometers (133 miles) north-northwest of Santo, Vanuatu. It struck about 36.1 kilometers (22.4 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which initially measured the strength of the earthquake at 7.6, immediately issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, the Vanuatu Islands, and New Caledonia.

"It is not known that a tsunami was generated," the center said in its warning. "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."

http://wireupdate.com/wires/5684/tsunami-warnings-issued-after-major-earthquake-off-vanuatu/

Megan
May 27th, 2010, 01:45 PM
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010wubj.html

Megan
May 27th, 2010, 01:45 PM
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Australia says no tsunami threat to Australia after earthquake off the Vanuatu Islands.

yogi3939
May 27th, 2010, 01:57 PM
And the other shoe has dropped.

MAP (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/165_-15.php) 7.2 2010/05/27 17:14:48 (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010wubj.php) -13.710 166.507 36.1 VANUATU

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/165_-15.gif
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/Legends/legend.gif


Earthquake Details


Magnitude (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#magnitude)
7.2

Date-Time (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#date)

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 17:14:48 UTC
Friday, May 28, 2010 at 04:14:48 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones (http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eq_depot/2010/eq_100527_wubj/neic_wubj_tz.html)
Location (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#location)
13.710S, 166.507E

Depth (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#depth)
36.1 km (22.4 miles)

Region (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#region)
VANUATU

Distances (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#distances)
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

Location Uncertainty (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#uncertainty)
horizontal +/- 8.6 km (5.3 miles); depth +/- 21.2 km (13.2 miles)

Parameters (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#parameters)
NST= 69, Nph= 69, Dmin=857.7 km, Rmss=1.26 sec, Gp= 29,

M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

Source (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#source)

USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/glossary.php#eventid)
us2010wubj

Megan
May 27th, 2010, 02:06 PM
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- A major earthquake struck off the Vanuatu Islands on early Friday, seismologists said, prompting tsunami warnings for nearby coasts.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake at 4.14 a.m. local time (1714 UTC Thursday) was centered about 215 kilometers (135 miles) north-northwest of Luganville, a city on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. It struck about 36.1 kilometers (22.4 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which initially measured the strength of the earthquake at 7.6, immediately issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, the Vanuatu Islands, and New Caledonia.

"It is not known that a tsunami was generated," the center said in its warning. "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."

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland or islands.

Based on the initial magnitude of 7.6, the European Union Joint Research Centre estimated that the maximum tsunami wave height would likely be 0.85 meter.

http://wireupdate.com/wires/5687/tsunami-warnings-in-effect-after-major-earthquake-off-the-vanuatu-islands-2/

yogi3939
May 27th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Well we knew it was coming. Yogi, have there been any smaller earthquakes in the area lately? Just wondering if there was something leading up to this.

I don't know if there is a connection but the most recent Vanatu quake was on 5/23.

MAP (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/170_-20.php) 5.5 2010/05/23 20:19:40 (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010wqbr.php) -17.914 168.796 129.2 VANUATU

And one before that on 5/22.

MAP (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/165_-15.php) 5.0 2010/05/22 14:27:08 (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010wpa3.php) -14.053 166.969 34.7 VANUATU

They do look big enough to be connected don't they.

Cornerstone
May 27th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Breaking now on BBC News

Tsunami alert issued for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia after earthquake


http://news.bbc.co.uk/

Megan
May 27th, 2010, 02:11 PM
An aftershock was recorded at 4.45 a.m. local time (1745 UTC Thursday), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but its magnitude was not immediately known.