A Tsunami Warning is in Effect for The Bahamas

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September 05, 2012



Tsunami Warning is in Effect for The Bahamas

000 WEPA40 PHEB 051525 TSUPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 1525Z 05 SEP 2012

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

THE EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE IS REDUCED TO 7.6 THE WARNING AREA IS REDUCED...SO THE WARNING IS CANCELLED FOR EL SALVADOR...HONDURAS...MEXICO...COLOMBIA...ECUADOR... GUATEMALA AND PERU.

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

COSTA RICA / PANAMA / NICARAGUA

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 1442Z 05 SEP 2012 COORDINATES - 9.9 NORTH 85.5 WEST DEPTH - 46 KM LOCATION - OFF COAST OF COSTA RICA MAGNITUDE - 7.6

EVALUATION

IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS WARNING IS BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN STRIKE COASTLINES IN THE REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES TO HOURS. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL MONITOR SEA LEVEL GAUGES NEAREST THE REGION AND REPORT IF ANY TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY IS OBSERVED. THE WARNING WILL NOT EXPAND TO OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED TO WARRANT SUCH AN EXPANSION.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME -------------------------------- ------------ ------------ COSTA RICA CABO_SAN_ELENA 10.9N 274.0E 1510Z 05 SEP CABO_MATAPALO 8.4N 276.7E 1518Z 05 SEP PUERTO_QUEPOS 9.4N 275.8E 1536Z 05 SEP PANAMA PUNTA_BURICA 8.0N 277.1E 1527Z 05 SEP PUNTA_MALA 7.5N 280.0E 1615Z 05 SEP PUERTO_PINA 7.4N 282.0E 1631Z 05 SEP BALBOA_HTS. 9.0N 280.4E 1742Z 05 SEP NICARAGUA SAN_JUAN_DL_SUR 11.2N 274.1E 1531Z 05 SEP CORINTO 12.5N 272.8E 1546Z 05 SEP PUERTO_SANDINO 12.2N 273.2E 1550Z 05 SEP

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

News date : 09/05/2012    Category : About Bahamians, Weather

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