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FOR two exciting hours today Sydney was about to be hit by a tsunami. Maybe.Under the alarming headline "TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST'', the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin at 3.49pm.
The epicenter was in the ocean about 400 km to the southwest of New Zealand, a press
The third quake, which linguistically is just ahead in the near future, should be at (or above) these kinds of levels, but the only question is where it will happen. Again, looking at the linguistic shifts of language, there seem to be two cases.
The first is that the Big One will come in the Western archipelago of Indonesia. If it is to hit here, it should occur before the 18th of the month, and it is likely to be a double quake. The kind where people run outside when it happens, stay outdoors for a while, and then just as they are about to return to their homes, the second quake (around same magnitude) strikes and more damage is done..
The second is more problematic: In this case, what happens is that a 'north of the equator' volcano pops off, and the impact of the plume from that sudden spitting of ash and gasses is large enough to disrupt air traffic for about a day and a half (or longer). If this happens, then the third quake in the series would like seem to occur in a region described as the northern USA West Coast, which might cover the range from Southeast Alaska, south to a region just north of San Francisco.
If you've been reading the fine print of the global news stream, you might be aware that there was indeed a volcano that popped off in New Zealand earlier this week, but it seems (no telling how accurate this new science will be on this) that it doesn't first. The reason is that Igor, whose background includes a little military this and that, says the language vectors seem to point to northern hemisphere are route disruptions.
Tasmania's Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the effects of a small tsunami have been noticed around the state.
Senior forecaster Simon McCulloch says the effects were minimal, with swells estimated to be around 20 centimetres.
He says the tsunami's effects were noticed about half an hour later than predicted.
Mr Ryan said an earthquake would have to register at least 8 or 9 on the Richter scale to warrant concern.
But he admitted that the situation could have been handled better and the lag between the earthquake and an official warning was too long.
"By the time things went out it (the tsunami) would be on you. You can't wait around two hours. It's (the system) going to be fine-tuned," he said.