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    Posted April 12, 2014 by
    Swinden
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    Kirakira, Solomon Islands
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    A Major 7.6 earthquake – Solomon Islands – 12 April, 2014, 20:14 UTC 07:14 local

     
    Synopsis – An earthquake major earthquake measuring 7.6 has struck off of southeastern Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 7:14 local time Sunday. Originally the quake was listed as 8.3 in magnitude which trigger a tsunami warning for much of the Pacific basin including Hawaii and Australia. Since then the quake has been downgraded to 7.6 and the Pacific basin is not under threat at this time other than those islands listed in the current tsunami warning listed below.
    Preliminary Earthquake Report
    Magnitude 7.6
    Date-Time • 12 Apr 2014 20:14:39 UTC
    • 13 Apr 2014 07:14:40 near epicenter
    • 12 Apr 2014 13:14:39 standard time in your timezone
    Location 11.315S 162.211E
    Depth 29 km
    Distances • 100 km (62 mi) SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
    • 323 km (200 mi) SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
    • 711 km (440 mi) NW of Luganville, Vanuatu
    • 925 km (573 mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
    • 968 km (600 mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    Damage – Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) construction.

    Tsunami Warnings:
    Currently a Tsunami Warning is in effect for
    Solomon Islands / Vanuatu / Papua New Guinea

    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 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
    -------------------------------- ------------ ------------
    SOLOMON ISLANDS KIRAKIRA 10.4S 161.9E 2034Z 12 APR
    SANTA_CRUZ_ISLA 10.9S 165.9E 2050Z 12 APR
    AUKI 8.8S 160.6E 2058Z 12 APR
    HONIARA 9.3S 160.0E 2104Z 12 APR
    MUNDA 8.4S 157.2E 2115Z 12 APR
    GHATERE 7.8S 159.2E 2117Z 12 APR
    FALAMAE 7.4S 155.6E 2135Z 12 APR
    PANGGOE 6.9S 157.2E 2135Z 12 APR
    VANUATU ESPERITU_SANTO 15.1S 167.3E 2118Z 12 APR
    PAPUA NEW GUINE WOODLARK_ISLAND 9.0S 152.9E 2148Z 12 APR
    AMUN 6.0S 154.7E 2148Z 12 APR
    KIETA 6.1S 155.6E 2154Z 12 APR

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