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M8.0 EARTHQUAKE GENERATES LOCAL TSUNAMI IN SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS, SOLOMONS, 6 FEBRUARY 2013

 

The PTWC issued a regional tsunami warning for countries in the Southwest Pacific 6 minutes after the earthquake and continued to monitor the tsunami. PTWC cancelled the regional warning after 2:32 hours. Reports from the Solomons National Disaster Center indicate at least 9 casualties with damage to at least four villages and about 700 homes in Temoto Province.

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Captions:
Left: PTWC RIFT model simulation showing the predicted maximum off-shore tsunami wave amplitudes from the 1112 UTC 6 February 2013 shallow thrust earthquake. Courtesy of PTWC.

Right top: A 1 m amplitude tsunami was recorded at Lata Wharf about 50 km from the epicenter. Courtesy of PTWC.

Right bottom: DART 55012 deep-ocean instrument in the Coral Sea recorded a 13 cm amplitude tsunami (PTWC). Courtesy of PTWC.

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Above: Detailed RIFT coastal tsunami forecast amplitudes of the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomons magnitude 8.0 earthquake. Courtesy of PTWC.

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