Wednesday, March 02, 2016

7.9M Indian Ocean Quake: Tsunami Watch Issued


7.9M  Credit USGS















UPDATED:  Australia has cancelled their coastal Tsunami warning, but it remains in effect - at least for now -  for the Cocos and Christmas Islands.   Based on the magnitude, any tsunami generated is likely to be small.


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A major, very shallow (10km) earthquake has struck the Indian Ocean about 500 miles south of Sumatra,  and a tsunami watch has been issued for Western Australia.

At this point no tsunami has been observed, and this is just a watch.  I've no word on warnings for the island of Sumatra.

This is an Indian Ocean event, and given its magnitude, should pose no threat to interests in the Pacific.


TSUNAMI WATCH NUMBER 1 FOR AUSTRALIA 
 
Issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) at 12:12 AM AEDT on
Thursday 03 March 2016
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POTENTIAL TSUNAMI THREAT TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA, COCOS ISLAND, CHRISTMAS ISLAND

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SUMMARY:
An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.9 has occurred at 11:49 PM AEDT on Wednesday 02 March 2016 near SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA.

AT THIS STAGE NO TSUNAMI WAVES HAVE BEEN OBSERVED THAT MAY THREATEN AUSTRALIA.

If a tsunami has been generated, it may start affecting the following States and Territories after these local times:

Cocos Island after 8:15 pm (UTC+6.5hrs) Wednesday
Christmas Island after 9:30 pm (UTC+7hrs) Wednesday
Western Australia after 12:45 am (AWST) Thursday

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre is closely monitoring the situation and will advise immediately if there is cause for concern.

LISTEN FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

The NEXT UPDATE will be issued by 1:42 AM AEDT on Thursday 03 March 2016

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Call 1300 TSUNAMI (1300 878 6264)
Check the Bureau's web site: www.bom.gov.au/tsunami



Although earthquakes and tsunamis know no season, March is Tsunami Preparedness month, and we'll revisit the threat and what you can do to prepare later this month.

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