Thursday, 8 October 2009 12:01 PM

Tsunami Warning Cancelled

The latest bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has canceled the tsunami warning and watch that was issued in the region.

According to the bulletin, the tsunami warning and/or watch is now cancelled for:

VANUATU / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU /
NEW CALEDONIA / FIJI / KIRIBATI / KOSRAE / WALLIS-FUTUNA /
HOWLAND-BAKER / MARSHALL IS. / TOKELAU / KERMADEC IS / POHNPEI /
NEW ZEALAND / SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / TONGA / AUSTRALIA /
NIUE / COOK ISLANDS / CHUUK / INDONESIA / WAKE IS. /
JARVIS IS. / PALMYRA IS. / GUAM / N. MARIANAS / JOHNSTON IS. /
YAP / MARCUS IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. / FR. POLYNESIA / HAWAII /
PHILIPPINES

However, the Centre has stated that the bulletin is issued as advice to government agencies.

In its evaluation, the Centre writes:

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR
THOSE AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR OTHER COASTAL AREAS ALTHOUGH SOME
MAY EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES. FOR ALL AREAS COVERED BY
THIS CENTER...THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE CANCELLED.

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.