3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Honoka’a

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Honoka’a area of the Big Island around 1:19 AM this morning:

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NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII After 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Solomon Islands

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.

Tsunami Advisory in Effect Until 8 AM

TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT TODAY UNTIL 8AM WEDNESDAY, 4/2/2014.

NO LAND EVACUATIONS ARE NECESSARY; HOWEVER WITH THE OCEAN CURRENTS AND FLUCTUATION CITY OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO STAY OUT OF THE OCEAN AND AWAY FROM SHORELINES AND MARINAS. IN ADDITION, STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS AND CANALS THAT FEED DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. BOATERS NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION ENTERING AND EXITING HARBORS.

DEM EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WILL ACTIVATE DUE TO THE TSUNAMI AND CONTINUE TO MONITOR CONDITIONS.

Instructions:

TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY 4/2/2014, THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THE OCEAN AND AWAY FROM SHORELINES AND MARINAS. IN ADDITION, STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS AND CANALS THAT FEED DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. BOATERS NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION ENTERING AND EXITING HARBORS.

Tsunami Advisory Issued for State of Hawaii

TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT – TSUNAMI ADVISORY

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE
AT 0545 PM HST.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 0147 PM HST 01 APR 2014
COORDINATES – 19.8 SOUTH   70.8 WEST
LOCATION    – OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE   – 8.2  MOMENT

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
——————-  —– ——  —–  —————  —–
JUAN FERNANDEZ       33.6S  78.8W  0215Z   0.16M /  0.5FT  36MIN
SAN FELIX CL         26.3S  80.1W  0137Z   0.68M /  2.2FT  06MIN
COQUIMBO CL          30.0S  71.3W  0138Z   0.15M /  0.5FT  34MIN
CALDERA CL           27.1S  70.8W  0102Z   0.11M /  0.4FT  30MIN
CHANARAL CL          26.4S  70.6W  0133Z   0.24M /  0.8FT  28MIN
CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE   12.1S  77.2W  0158Z   0.12M /  0.4FT  38MIN
ARICA CL             18.5S  70.3W  0116Z   1.83M /  6.0FT  18MIN
MATARANI PE          17.0S  72.1W  0127Z   0.58M /  1.9FT  08MIN
PAPOSO CL            25.0S  70.5W  0125Z   0.26M /  0.9FT  22MIN
PISAGUA CL           19.6S  70.2W  0055Z   2.01M /  6.6FT  12MIN
MEJILLONES CL        23.1S  70.5W  0103Z   0.86M /  2.8FT  34MIN
TOCOPILLA CL         22.1S  70.2W  0109Z   0.42M /  1.4FT  10MIN
DART 32402           26.7S  74.0W  0044Z   0.05M /  0.2FT  44MIN
ANTOFAGASTA CL       23.7S  70.4W  0034Z   0.25M /  0.8FT  18MIN
PATACHE CL           20.8S  70.2W  0015Z   1.51M /  5.0FT  10MIN
IQUIQUE CL           20.2S  70.1W  0005Z   2.11M /  6.9FT  12MIN

LAT  – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON  – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER  – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

NOTE – DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.

EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO
STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER…SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND
STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD
TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT
BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS.  THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR
SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS

0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014

FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

Tsunami Threat To Hawaii Still Being Evaluated After 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Chile

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
Civildefense
SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT
THIS TIME. HOWEVER... THE TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII IS STILL
BEING EVALUATED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 0147 PM HST 01 APR 2014
   COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH   70.8 WEST
   LOCATION    - OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
   MAGNITUDE   - 8.0  MOMENT

EVALUATION

 THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING
 REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC
 LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC
 WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT
 HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.

 IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
 TIME IS  0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014

FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of the Big Island

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Kailua side of the Big Island this afternoon.  No tsunami was generated from this.
3.0 Kalaloa

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake in the Leilani Estates Area Earlier Today

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Leilani Estates area of the Big Island this afternoon:
3.3 Leilani

New Videos Released for Great Alaska Quake 50th Anniversary

The U.S. Geological Survey has released two new videos about the Great Alaska Earthquake of March 27, 1964 to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States.

The videos include rare vintage film footage and photos of the earthquake damage, combined with modern interviews with some of the same scientists who first investigated the magnitude 9.2 quake. They tell the story about the scientific discovery that was a significant early contribution to the now widely-accepted theory of plate tectonics.

The two videos, a four-minute, and an 11-minute version of the same story, feature USGS Geologist Emeritus George Plafker who was one of the first geologists on the scene 50 years ago to assess the damage and help with plans for rebuilding. Today, Plafker is still conducting geologic research to better understand the ground response and what the severity of shaking may be during the next big earthquake in Alaska. While the probability of a repeat earthquake of the same magnitude is very low, even a smaller quake of magnitude 7 or 8 can do a significant amount of damage. Plafker’s and other scientists’ research contributes to the safety and resiliency of Alaska communities to future large quakes.

“This is an incredible story. We’ve got great old film footage, revolutionary science and some remarkable geologists who’ve really made a difference,” said USGS video producer Stephen M. Wessells. “It’s been exciting to learn how two generations of scientists have sorted out the details and clarified the threats.”

While examining modern sediment cores drilled in Alaska and brought into the laboratory, Plafker reminisces about his first impressions on the scene immediately after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. His current research is helping scientists understand how frequently earthquakes of that size have occurred in the past. Carbon dating the layers in the core sample, reveals the past 5000 years of prehistory, and gives Plafker a clue about the potential of future activity or occurrences of similar events.

As the anniversary approaches, many educational and historic public events are planned. Check the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami 50th Anniversary website for an up to date schedule and additional resources

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waikoloa Area of Big Island

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Waikoloa area of the Big Island today around 1:25 this afternoon.  No tsunami was generated from it:
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3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Pahala Tonight

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Pahala area of the Big Island around 5:42 Hawaii time:

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3.5 and 3.1 Magnitude Earthquakes Shake the Big Island Today

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Volcano area of the Big Island this morning:
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3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Lower Part of Volcano Area

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake was registered today at 10:01 this morning in East Hawaii:

3.0 Kalapana

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Struck the Big Island This Morning

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Fern Acres area of the Big Island this morning around 2:23 this morning.  It initially registered 3.0 on the Richter scale but has been upgraded to a 3.2 magnitude.

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3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Registered This Morning in Pahala

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake was registered in Pahala on the Big Island at 4:21 this morning:

3.1 Pahala

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake hit the volcano area of the Big Island around 10:00 this morning:

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3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Fern Acres Area of the Big Island This Afternoon

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Fern Acres area of the Big Island this afternoon:

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3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes West Hawaii This Morning

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island this morning at 8:27 am:

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This Process Called Plate Tectonics

I freaking love this…. apparently some teacher is pretty creative and funny!

Lyrics by Dan Reed
Music: “Royals” by Lorde

I wanted to make a fun way for my students to get content stuck in their heads.

LYRICS:
Alfred Wegener wrote the draft.
He said these continents look like pieces
Of a puzzle.
And everyone who knew him laughed.
They wanted proof of cause.
They wanted more than fossils.

But now we know that
Sea-floor
Spreading
Makes new ocean floor.
Subducting
Ocean trench
Fuels a new volcano.
—-
What’s the cause?
Convection currents in the mantle
Drive a process called
plate tectonics.
Don’t say that you’re leery.
Earthquakes,
Magnetism,
What a great theory!
It makes sense.
There’s so much evidence.

And there’s so much construction.
Mountains being built,
The Grand Canyon has been lifted.
Recite these words, I’d say you’re gifted.
Lava from volcanoes
Build up the surface Earth.
Maybe let them cool,
See a whole new landform birth.

You know this movement has to flow.
Tectonic plates collide and cause
Such friction.
And when the energy builds up slow,
The seismic force released,
It kinda sounds like fiction.

But every quake’s like
P-waves,
S-waves,
Focus in the lithosphere.
Surface waves,
Most destructive,
What’s that rumble I hear?
—-
What’s the cause?
Convection currents in the mantle
Drive a process called
plate tectonics.
Don’t say that you’re leery.
Earthquakes,
Magnetism,
What a great theory!
It makes sense.
There’s so much evidence.

There’s the Ring of Fire
Around Pacific Plate.
You know that faults have landforms rifted.
Recite these words I’d say you’re gifted.
And there’s so much subduction,
Volcanic island arcs.
Now while you’re in school,
Tell me how tsunamis start.

Hot… Spots…
Hawaii is an island chain.
And you can get there on a plane.
Hot… Spots…
The path isn’t really straight.
It follows the Pacific Plate.

That’s plate tectonics,
But there’s so much more.
You know these continents have drifted.
Recite these words I’d say you’re gifted.
Mid-ocean ridges
Pull Europe and us away.
We’re moving slow.
An inch per year’s the spreading rate.

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Registered Off the Big Island Today

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pahala coast of the Big Island this afternoon at 3:51 pm Hawaii time:

3.9 Pahala

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Hawaii Ocean View Area of the Big Island

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake just struck the Hawaii Ocean View area of the Big Island.  No tsunami was generated:

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