7.1 Earthquake off Honduras Coast in Caribbeans… Tsunami Watch in Effect

*Update 2* Tsunami Watch Canceled

*Downgraded to 7.1 *

URGENT — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes off Honduras coast in the Caribbean. A tsunami watch is in effect.7 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

BNO News
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER   1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0833 UTC THU MAY 28 2009

THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO COUNTRIES WITHIN AND BORDERING THE
CARIBBEAN SEA...EXCEPT FOR PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

... A LOCAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

 HONDURAS / BELIZE / GUATEMALA

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE CARIBBEAN COVERED BY THIS MESSAGE...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 -  0825Z 28 MAY 2009
 COORDINATES -  16.7 NORTH   86.3 WEST
 LOCATION    -  NORTH OF HONDURAS
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.3

EVALUATION

 A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON
 HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.                             

 HOWEVER - THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI THAT
 COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED
 KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES FOR THE
 REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY.
 AREAS FURTHER FROM THE EPICENTER COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA
 LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL COASTAL CURRENTS.               

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
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 HONDURAS         PUERTO CORTES      15.9N  88.0W    0848Z 28 MAY
                  TRUJILLO           15.9N  86.0W    0856Z 28 MAY
 BELIZE           BELIZE CITY        17.5N  88.2W    0908Z 28 MAY
 GUATEMALA        PUERTO BARRIOS     15.7N  88.6W    0919Z 28 MAY

ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.

One Response

  1. Hey just lettin u know GREAT coverage i mean you guys had info up before my country did which was amazinng. was glad to know that covereage could be available so soon n that is i checked the internet like within 15 minutes the earthquake happend so that was awsome.

    Belize City, Belize.

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