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Hazardous Tsunami Waves Threat Has Passed After Underwater Earthquake Near El Salvador

Tue October 14 2014 12:07 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=71452
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A 7.4 earthquake struck about 66 miles (106 km) off the coast of El Salvador, southeast of the city of Usulutan. Initially there are no details of any casualties or damage, however underwater earthquake was described as shallow at a depth of just 5.6 miles (9 km). By morning it was reported that one man was killed by a falling power line or power pole, and at least 10 buildings were destroyed.

A warning of “hazardous tsunami waves” was given by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Monday. Earlier the center stated that a widespread tsunami was not a possibility.

The area affected by the tsunami could also include Honduras and Nicaragua coastlines, both within 180 miles (300 km) of the epicenter.

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TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0435 UTC TUE OCT 14 2014

…PTWC FINAL TSUNAMI THREAT MESSAGE…

**** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE *****

THIS MESSAGE IS ISSUED FOR INFORMATION ONLY IN SUPPORT OF THE
UNESCO/IOC PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING AND MITIGATION SYSTEM AND IS
MEANT FOR NATIONAL AUTHORITIES IN EACH COUNTRY OF THAT SYSTEM.

NATIONAL AUTHORITIES WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF
ALERT FOR EACH COUNTRY AND MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL OR MORE REFINED
INFORMATION.

**** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE *****

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
———————————

* MAGNITUDE 7.4
* ORIGIN TIME 0352 UTC OCT 14 2014
* COORDINATES 12.5 NORTH 88.3 WEST
* DEPTH 22 KM / 14 MILES
* LOCATION OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA

EVALUATION
———-

* AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.4 OCCURRED
OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA AT 0352 UTC ON TUESDAY
OCTOBER 14 2014.

* BASED ON ALL DATA AVAILABLE TO THIS CENTER… THE TSUNAMI
THREAT FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS NOW MOSTLY PASSED. ANY
REMAINING THREAT SHOULD BE EVALUATED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN
IMPACTED AREAS.

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST…UPDATED
———————————

* BASED UPON FURTHER ANALYSES OF THE EARTHQUAKE AND THE
TSUNAMI FORECAST… THERE IS NO LONGER A TSUNAMI THREAT
FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
——————-

* REMAIN OBSERVANT AND EXERCISE NORMAL CAUTION NEAR THE SEA.
OTHERWISE… NO ACTION IS REQUIRED.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
—————–

* MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS MAY OCCUR IN COASTAL AREAS NEAR
THE EARTHQUAKE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS…. AND CONTINUING FOR
UP TO SEVERAL HOURS.

NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
————————————–

* THIS WILL BE THE FINAL STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
NEW INFORMATION IS RECEIVED OR THE SITUATION CHANGES.

* AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE FROM THE U.S.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET AT
EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV/EARTHQUAKES -ALL LOWER CASE-.

* FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE FOUND AT
PTWC.WEATHER.GOV AND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV.

* COASTAL REGIONS OF HAWAII… AMERICAN SAMOA… GUAM… AND
CNMI SHOULD REFER TO PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES
SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE PLACES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT
PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.

* COASTAL REGIONS OF CALIFORNIA… OREGON… WASHINGTON…
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD ONLY REFER TO U.S. NATIONAL
TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT
NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV.


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