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Another earthquake felt in the Solomon Islands; 6.9 Magnitude

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1343Z 05 JAN 2010

……
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 1216Z 05 JAN 2010
COORDINATES – 9.5 SOUTH 157.1 EAST
DEPTH – 33 KM
LOCATION – SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 6.9

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
HONIARA SB 9.4S 160.0E 1328Z 0.03M / 0.1FT 04MIN

LAT – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR THOSE AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO THE CONTINUING SEA LEVEL
CHANGES AND RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR OTHER COASTAL AREAS IN THE PACIFIC ALTHOUGH SOME OTHER AREAS MAY EXPERIENCE SMALL NON-DESTRUCTIVE SEA LEVEL CHANGES LASTING UP TO SEVERAL HOURS.

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.


Breaking: 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Solomon Islands

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2303Z 03 JAN 2010

… TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN …

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 2237Z 03 JAN 2010
COORDINATES – 8.9 SOUTH 156.6 EAST
DEPTH – 33 KM
LOCATION – SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 7.2

EVALUATION

THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC. NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS TO COASTLINES IN THE PACIFIC.

HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS CENTER MONITORS ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEA LEVEL GAUGES OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC SO IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO QUICKLY DETECT OR MEASURE A TSUNAMI IF ONE WAS GENERATED. AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE DANGER HAS PASSED IF NO TSUNAMI WAVES ARE OBSERVED NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN AN HOUR OF THE EARTHQUAKE.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH CHINA SEA REGION. IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION… THE MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA.


Earthquake Measuring 6.6 Registers in Solomon Island

This is all the information we have at this point.

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2204Z 03 JAN 2010
……
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 2148Z 03 JAN 2010
COORDINATES – 9.2 SOUTH 157.6 EAST
DEPTH – 36 KM
LOCATION – SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 6.6

EVALUATION

THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC. NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS TO COASTLINES IN THE PACIFIC.

HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS CENTER MONITORS ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEA LEVEL GAUGES OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC SO IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO QUICKLY DETECT OR MEASURE A TSUNAMI IF ONE WAS GENERATED. AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE DANGER HAS PASSED IF NO TSUNAMI WAVES ARE OBSERVED NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN AN HOUR OF THE EARTHQUAKE.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH CHINA SEA REGION. IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION… THE MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA.


Cyclone Mick Claims 2 Lives in Fiji; Storm Downgraded

Media reports out this morning say Fijian authorities confirm two dead: one drowned in Keiyasi, and the other, a boy, hit by a falling tree in Nadarivatu. Cyclone has now been downgraded to a Category 1 and is thought to have reached its peak. Read the rest of this entry »


Honouring Samoa: A Father’s Miracle & The Realities of Surviving the Tsunami

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[tweetmeme] By Steph Fa’amatala, in her own words

This story is dedicated to Kenape the boy who held onto me.

Part 1: Honouring Samoa: A Survivor Retells The Day The Tsunami Hit The South Coast

Part 2: Honouring Samoa: A Young Survivor Pays Tribute to the Village Boy Who Held Her

Part 3: Final

After that we were moved to Saanapu Uta to another one of Mum’s family. I found out the water almost reached my mum and my son and nephew and nieces and all the other little children but they were high enough. I was caught in the waves because I didn’t run. I was too eager to watch the event unfold in front of me, rather then worrying about my own safety and survival.

There were stories of how people managed to survive the waves, even the men and women that I noticed that were at the bottom of the hill.

Everyone survived, many with injuries, like the boy that helped me, and men that helped others.

Of all the miracles, one very special one stands out from the rest: a father who saved a daughter after she had already drowned.  It happened. He held his two daughters as the waves came. They climbed a Ulu tree and one girl held on.  But as the waves caught the father, and the other little one, he grabbed her arm with one hand and the tree with the other hand. The water came up to his waist but his little daughter was underneath the water. As the current was strong, he couldn’t pull her up and so she drowned. When the water stopped and was ready to go back out to shore, he quickly pulled her up above water placed her on his chest and did CPR on her. She came back to life in her father’s arms. No one died that day in our village.

We stayed on, my mother determined not to let the tsunami ruin our trip. So we stayed in Samoa and helped Mum’s family in Saanapu Tai rebuild, recreate, clean and organise for White Sunday, that was to happen the week after.

And it was a beautiful White Sunday because no one died from our village including the little girl who was saved by her father. She had the honour of singing the Samoan Anthem at the White Sunday service. That day proved that we can still smile after anything bad that’s thrown our way.

Leaving Samoa on Friday 16th October 2009: my mother and I cried and cried. After all the experiences that we are taking away with us. On arrival at Australia’s Melbourne airport a few hours later, my father just cried and held onto all of us. We will never ever forget this experience, and if i had a mind to think about this future I would have remembered a camera to share with you all the horrific experience that I have taken away with me from Samoa.

The Clean Up Is Harsh

The people who are rebuilding are the ones who were affected. How do I know this? Because I was there. People from other villages close to the mountains say: Do not go back to the ocean side. But it’s hard for those who have lived by the sea. My uncle had always said, The sea is dangerous and mysterious, but I will never be the same without it.

And that’s how and why most of the oceanside people go back to rebuild, despite the dangers.

The biggest risk right now is just the smell, and the diseases that might be carried in fishes swimming in the area. People with open wound injuries that are helping to rebuild the village can spread germs and bacteria as flies roam around the village all the time. Not enough nurses and doctors visits the affected areas as critical victims are being brought straight to the hospitals. While those with minor injuries stay back and build houses. Food poisoning spreads also from the flies and animals roaming around food. Unhygenic handling of food and beverages.

So it’s a great appreciation that there are Samoans around the world whom are thinking about those victims and trying their best to help in anyway possible, even prayers are mostly needed. Prayer is something that is very much appreciated and accepted by people of Samoa.

I don’t consider myself a victim. I consider myself a survivor. A lucky person to have gone through that. But the real victims are the ones back in our dear home land Western Samoa. Who have to live there, be reminded of that day, everyday, rebuild their lives again, move onto a brighter future and slowly start life the way it was before the tsunami. Thats how we are … thats how it will always be for Samoans.

No matter what happens to Samoa, all Samoans around the world will be affected because we are all joined, we are all united and we are all One. I am proud to say: I am a Samoan.

Fa’afetai tele lava to Steph for her story. Thank you Steph. All the best in the years to come.

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Honouring Samoa: A Young Survivor Pays Tribute to the Village Boy Who Helped Her

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A Call for More Volunteer Builders and Tradespeople to Samoa; 10 More Homes Now Under Construction

Village of Saleaumua, South Coast of Upolu, Samoa: Three fales now complete. Volunteer builders and tradespeople from New Zealand, organised by Habitat for Humanity NZ, work alongside local villagers and tsunami-affected families to rebuild homes. NZ & Aus Aid to the Samoan Government covers about 90 percent of the costs and Australia has stipulated that building materials and supplies, where-ever possible, be purchased locally to help stimulate the local Samoan economy. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity NZ/David Lawson.

A call for more volunteer builders, electricians, plumbers and drainlayers to head to Samoa. You are needed to join the teams in January 2010. These are two week work periods. For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity  directly by clicking here

[tweetmeme]Habitat for Humanity New Zealand sent through the following photos to pacificEyeWitness.org yesterday afternoon. He says three homes are now complete and 10 under construction. Volunteer builders and tradespeople from New Zealand have been recruited by Habitat for Humanity NZ, who are project managing the Samoa Government’s rebuilding of tsunami-destroyed homes along the South Coast of Upolu.


The Government is paying for 90 percent of the costs with Habitat for Humanity NZ still needing more donations to help fund the remainder of the work they are doing. In addition to the Government rebuilding programme, church organisations in Samoa such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are rebuilding homes as well although they have not required the help of Habitat, or Government, to do that. They are independently financing the rebuilding of their member’s homes and chapels through Latter-day Saints member voluntary contributions from around the world, from what we understand.

(L)Samoa Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi Tuilaepa and Caroline Bilkey, NZ High Commissioner to Samoa, at the opening of the first fales. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity NZ/David Lawson.

Volunteers & Habitat for Humanity NZ

Thank you to David Lawson at Habitat for Humanity for sending these photos. Plus, a special thank you, and debt of gratitude to all New Zealanders – builders and tradespeople – and others alike (we understand a team from the Waikato Times newspaper have volunteered) who have, and will be, volunteering their time to rebuild Samoa and the Tongan island of Niuatoputapu.

All volunteers are staying in the Church Hall at the village of Lepa on the South Coast of Upolu. Local Samoans are taking care of all volunteer meals. We know that they will do everything they can, in the Samoan way, to take care of New Zealand’s builders and tradesperson, and make sure they are well fed after a long day’s work.

Fa’afetai tele lava.

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What Decisions Would You Make In A Disaster? Tsunami Lessons from 2004 Boxing Day

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Boxing Day, 26 December, 2004, is a day few will forget. That’s the day the Asian Tsunami unleashed its fury for thousands of miles across 13 countries -Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Maldives-  leaving  230,000 people dead and half a million injured. Millions of people’s lives were forever changed by the tragic events of that day. For those  used to working in recovery and disaster relief work, the Boxing Day tsunami was a challenge like no other. It presented what seemed like impossible recovery.

For the British Red Cross, one of the main relief and recovery agencies involved post-Asian Tsunami, it was their largest recovery effort since World War II. Armed with 30,000 Red Cross volunteers, the Red Cross spent £84.9million in its recovery effort.

[tweetmeme]Five years later, it looks back at the tragedy and  reviews the long road to recovery. In the process, they’ve come up with a simulated challenge that literally puts you and I in the role of a decision maker at a tsunami disaster. Based on real life  situations the British Red Cross were faced with, the interactive hands-on approach means you get to vicariously experience some of the challenges those on the front line faced.

Through a new interactive challenge, Decisions for Recovery, you can walk in the shoes of those who led recovery from the disaster. Drawing from the real-life dilemmas Red Cross staff faced, Decisions for Recovery, puts you to the test as the decision maker.

When so many are suffering, who do you help first? What kind of help do you offer and how do you decide between quick fixes which meet immediate needs and frustratingly slow but sustainable long-term projects?

As a disaster recovery manager for the British Red Cross, it’s up to you to direct and co-ordinate the Tsunami response, help rebuild lives and recover a future for people who have lost everything.

Alastair Burnett, British Red Cross Disaster Recovery Manager says he feels very proud of what the Red Cross achieved to help rebuild people’s lives, and more than that, build them back stronger.

“The challenges were enormous, the decisions – as people visiting the website will see – were incredibly difficult,” said Burnett.

“We were faced with the most difficult decisions of our lives, decisions that affected hundreds of thousands of people whose lives were destroyed by the tsunami.

“The support we received from the public was phenomenal and enabled us to mount our largest recovery effort since the Second World War. Now we want to tell the story of how the money people gave was spent and the difference it has made to people’s lives.”

Check it out and play the challenge. We did and it was thought-provoking. It’s a very handy useful website for disaster preparedness information.  The interactive challenge gives you an insight into the recovery decisions made, or not made, in the aftermath of the Pacific Tsunami which hit Samoa, American Samoa and the Tongan island of Niuatoputapu on Tuesday 29th September 2009.

Decisions for Recovery’can be found at www.recoveringafuture.org.uk/challenge.

Fast Facts Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami

3 kilometres that the wave travelled inland

9 number on the Richter scale of the earthquake triggering the tsunami

13 number of countries affected

20 meters high – the wave that hit Indonesia

40 the number of countries with people dead in the tsunami

500 km per hour the wave travelled at

23,000 equivalent number of Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs it would take to release as much energy

30,000 Red Cross volunteers involved in the operation

230,000 people who died

500,000 people injured

1,500,000 children wounded, displaced or lost family

4,500,000 people who received recovery assistance from the Red Cross

5,000,000 people who lost homes, or access to food and water.

Construction

Total houses built: 2,936

  • Indonesia: 2,212
  • Sri Lanka: 258
  • Maldives: 466

Livelihoods

Total number of beneficiaries: 133,962 (calculated by average number in household)

  • Indonesia: 34,068
  • Sri Lanka: 91,644
  • Maldives: 8,250

Number of direct beneficiaries (people who received grants)

  • Indonesia: 11,356
  • Sri Lanka: 22,911
  • Maldives: 1,650


6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Loyalty Islands Pacific Region

[tweetmeme]This is the only bulletin from Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre on this. No tsunami. Notice of earthquake. Loyalty Islands is part of French Polynesia.

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0956Z 09 DEC 2009

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA… WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

… TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN …

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 0946Z 09 DEC 2009
COORDINATES – 22.2 SOUTH 170.9 EAST
DEPTH – 38 KM
LOCATION – SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 6.5

EVALUATION

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA. Read the rest of this entry »