2003 Tsunamis

TIB Event List 2003

With surface wave or moment magnitude (Mw) greater than or equal to 6.5 and a depth no greater than 100 km, or an event for which a Tsunami Information Bulletin (TIB) or Regional Watch Warning (RWW) was issued. Epicenter, Ms, and Mw from USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC, G); Mw and centroid depth from Harvard (H); Mw from PTWC at action time.

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27 December 2003, Mw 7.3, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia



17 November 2003, Mw 7.7, Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands

1) Field Survey
2) Sea Level
3) Seismic
4) Model Simulations

31 October 2003, Mw 7.0, Honshu, Japan

1) Field Survey
2) Sea Level
  • Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

3) Seismic
4) Model Simulations

25 September 2003, Mw 8.3, Tokachi-oki earthquake, Hokkaido, Japan

1) Field Survey
2) Sea Level
3) Seismic
4) Model Simulations

21 August 2003, Mw 7.1, New Zealand



22 January 2003, Mw 7.4, Mexico




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