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8.0 Earthquake off Coast of Tonga

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posted on May, 3 2006 @ 11:22 AM
A tsunami warning / watch has been issued for Tonga, NewZealand etc... after an 8.0 earthquake was detected of the coast of Tonga.
Earthquake Details
Magnitude 8.0 (Great)
Date-Time Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 15:26:35 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 4:26:35 AM
= local time at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 20.035°S, 174.227°W
Depth 16.1 km (10.0 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region TONGA
Distances 155 km (95 miles) S of Neiafu, Tonga
160 km (100 miles) NE of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
455 km (280 miles) S of Hihifo, Tonga
2145 km (1340 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.9 km (4.9 miles); depth +/- 32.2 km (20.0 miles)
Parameters Nst=161, Nph=161, Dmin=725.7 km, Rmss=0.9 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6

Event ID usmgas

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I hope a tsunami doesn't cause the same devastation that was wraught on the poeple of indonesia in Dec. 2004.

posted on May, 3 2006 @ 02:18 PM
The tsunami warning associated with this earthquake has already been called off. Once the sun rises in the area damage assessments will begin.

posted on May, 3 2006 @ 02:18 PM
New Zealand has some beautiful high mountains. I am sure they can quickly make it to most of these for evacuation were this the case couldn't they?

Plus I do think that the infrastructure and housing there is just a bit sturdier seeing as they are not that poor of a nation. Course that doesn't really matter a flood is a flood and people should evacuate for safety anyways.

posted on May, 4 2006 @ 10:08 AM
My prayers were answered......

No Tsunami, no casualties.......

Oh! and I wholeheartedly agree Dyepes, New Zealand is a beautiful place, and the people are great (first hand experience). I have often said that if I had to move anywhere else in the world, New Zealand would be it. Tonga second.

posted on May, 4 2006 @ 09:19 PM
As expected, there have been numerous "aftershocks" near the epicenter of the Tona earthquake:

A number of aftershocks have shaken the Pacific island nation of Tonga, following a major earthquake.

The largest of the shocks on Friday measured 6.0, compared to the 7.9 recorded in Thursday's undersea quake.

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