JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER STRONG 6.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER STRONG 6.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

  1. URGENT — Two massive earthquakes strike, one a 7.7 off the Andaman Islands, another a 6.6 off Japan. Details to come.less than 20 seconds ago from BNO Headquarters
  2. BULLETIN — JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER STRONG 6.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE.5 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
  3. BULLETIN — REPORT: EARTHQUAKE SHAKES TOKYO.9 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
  4. BULLETIN — SEISMOLOGIST: EARTHQUAKE APPEARS TO BE AN AFTERSHOCK TO 2004 EARTHQUAKE WHICH CAUSED DEADLY TSUNAMI.11 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2105Z 10 AUG 2009

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

... A REGIONAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

 INDIA / MYANMAR / INDONESIA / THAILAND / BANGLADESH

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION...THIS MESSAGE 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 -  1956Z 10 AUG 2009
 COORDINATES -  14.1 NORTH   93.0 EAST
 LOCATION    -  ANDAMAN ISLANDS  INDIA REGION
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.7

EVALUATION

 SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
 BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.        

 THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR COASTAL AREAS LOCATED WITHIN ABOUT A
 THOUSAND KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR THOSE AREAS
 WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES HAVE OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS AFTER
 THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME 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.          

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
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 INDIA            NORTH ANDAMAN      13.3N  92.6E    2021Z 10 AUG
                  LITTLE ANDAMAN     10.7N  92.3E    2053Z 10 AUG
                  PORT BLAIR         11.9N  92.7E    2121Z 10 AUG
                  GREAT NICOBAR       7.1N  93.6E    2136Z 10 AUG
                  KAKINADA           17.2N  82.7E    2205Z 10 AUG
                  BALESHWAR          21.6N  87.3E    2231Z 10 AUG
 MYANMAR          PYINKAYAING        15.9N  94.3E    2047Z 10 AUG
                  CHEDUBA ISLAND     18.9N  93.4E    2100Z 10 AUG
                  SITTWE             20.0N  92.9E    2135Z 10 AUG
                  MERGUI             12.8N  98.4E    2243Z 10 AUG
                  YANGON             16.5N  96.4E    2321Z 10 AUG
 INDONESIA        BANDA ACEH          5.5N  95.1E    2204Z 10 AUG
 THAILAND         PHUKET              8.0N  98.2E    2244Z 10 AUG
                  KO PHRA THONG       9.1N  98.2E    2257Z 10 AUG
                  KO TARUTAO          6.6N  99.6E    0012Z 11 AUG
 BANGLADESH       CHITTAGONG         22.7N  91.2E    2340Z 10 AUG

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

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FOR THIS EVENT. IN THE CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION...THE
MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

UPDATE: 11:52

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has retracted its statement
for the Indian Ocean, saying a tsunami has not been observed at
this time.15 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

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