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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Week began with tsunami

Well I guess anyone reading this who lives in the pacific rim knows that there was a tsunami warning on Monday. I came into work and sat down and then heard what I thought was a Cyclone warning on the radio. ( They use the same siren noise for all emergency announcements it seems). Having lived in a place that has cyclones threatening the coast line every year I am quite used to cyclone warning, but I am fairly sure this is the first tsunami warning I have ever been aware of.

You can see the massive wave that generated by the tsunami on the east coast of Australia at this link.

The original tsunami broadcast is below:

IDQ20003
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Transmitters serving the coastal area east coast are REQUESTED TO USE THE
STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL BEFORE BROADCASTING THIS MESSAGE

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
QUEENSLAND TSUNAMI WARNING
Issued at 9:17am on Monday the 2nd of April 2007

For people in coastal areas of Queensland.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TSUNAMI BULLETIN

TSUNAMI THREAT TO EASTERN AUSTRALIA and Willis and Barrier Reef
Islands, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii
has detected an undersea earthquake near Solomon Islands and has issued a
Tsunami Bulletin.

The earthquake has also been detected by Geoscience Australia.

AN EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 6:40 am EST 02 APR 2007
COORDINATES - 8.6 SOUTH 157.2 EAST
LOCATION - SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.1

Based on the magnitude and location of the earthquake,
tsunami could start affecting these locations at the following local
time:

Cooktown from 0931am 02/04/2007
Cairns from 0949am
Brisbane 1033am
Gladstone 1139am
Mackay 1144am

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