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Originally posted by questioningall
reply to post by The time lord
The New Zealand beach one is not on anymore, I have found many of them off, but I have not been looking anymore for others, as I wanted to just watch the Fiji one.
Originally posted by The time lord
It's coming in I am sure its a Tsunami now.
People by the boat left to go ahead of it I think before it comes in.
[edit on 19-3-2009 by The time lord]
The earthquake "generated a small tsunami," but there is "no evidence of destructive waves," said Stewart Weinstein, assistant director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.
Robert Cessaro, a geophysicist with the center, said: "There's a tsunami in the water, but it's not gonna do much."
On the largest island in the Tonga chain, Tongatapu, in the capital city of Nukualofa, a clerk at the International Dateline Hotel said the earthquake was felt but caused no damage.
At the Fafa Island Resort, off Nukualofa, Joseph Sanladerer told CNN that the earthquake woke up guests and shook wine glasses from racks, but caused no significant damage.
The tsunami center issued the regional tsunami warning for parts of the Pacific near the quake's epicenter, about 213 kilometers (132 miles) south-southeast of Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The quake struck at 6:17 a.m. local time (6:17 p.m. GMT).
At a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km), it is considered a shallow earthquake. Typically, the shallower the quake, the more destructive potential it carries. But that is not always the case.
The USGS recorded the quake as 7.9 magnitude; the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was 7.7. There were no immediate reports of damage or death.
The earthquake struck a few hours after a volcano erupted off Tongatapu, Tonga, about 200 km away.
Ken Hudnut, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, California, said: "The association with the volcanic activity seems to be an interesting added dimension to this. It's not clear at this point that there is a direct association, but it seems suggestive at this point."
The Indo-Australian geologic plate goes underneath the Pacific plate there, making earthquakes fairly common events in the area, called the Tonga Kermadec trench, he said.
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
MAP 5.2 2009/03/19 20:33:59 -23.307 -174.704 35.0 TONGA REGION
MAP 7.9 2009/03/19 18:17:38 -23.015 -174.782 10.0 TONGA REGION