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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Warning for New Zealand after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 09:22:33 UTC
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 08:22:33 PM at epicenter
Location 46.100°S, 166.300°E
Depth 33 km (20.5 miles) set by location program
Region OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.
Distances 161 km (100 miles) W (281°) from Invercargill, New Zealand
219 km (136 miles) WSW (237°) from Queenstown, New Zealand
326 km (202 miles) W (264°) from Dunedin, New Zealand
866 km (538 miles) SW (229°) from WELLINGTON, New Zealand
o: U.S. West Coast, Alaska, and British Columbia coastal regions
From: NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
Subject: Tsunami Information Statement #1 issued 07/15/2009 at 2:44AM PDT
A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.
Based on the earthquake magnitude, location and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts. At coastal locations which have experienced strong ground shaking, local tsunamis are possible due to underwater landslides.
At 2:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time on July 15, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.8 occurred off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand. (Refer to the United States Geological Survey for official earthquake parameters.)
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii will issue a tsunami warning for regions near the epicenter.
This will be the only statement issued for this event by the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center unless conditions warrant. See the WCATWC web site for basic tsunami information, safety rules, and a tsunami travel time map and table. (NOTE: Travel time maps and tables indicate forecasted times only, not that a wave was generated.)