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6.8M earthquake in New Caledonia, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

Magnitude
6.8
Date-Time
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 08:55:09 UTC
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 07:55:09 PM at epicenter
Monday, May 9, 2011 at 10:55:09 HST
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
20.252°S, 168.273°E
Depth
14.9 km (9.3 miles)
Region
LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
134 km (83 miles) SW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
149 km (92 miles) NNE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
276 km (171 miles) S of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
1741 km (1081 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1103 PM HST MON MAY 09 2011

TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT – TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 1055 PM HST 09 MAY 2011
COORDINATES – 20.2 SOUTH 168.2 EAST
LOCATION – LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 7.1 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.

HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

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