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Papua New Guinea earthquake... 7.5
USGS NEIS bulletin ^ | 9/8/02 | USGS

Posted on 09/08/2002 4:53:30 PM PDT by 2sheep

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred about 60 miles (95 km) west-northwest of Wewak, New Guinea, Papua New Guinea or about 520 miles (840 km) northwest of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea at 12:44 PM MDT today, Sep 8, 2002 (Sep 09 at 4:44 AM local time in Papua New Guinea). A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.5 WAS COMPUTED FOR THIS EARTHQUAKE. The magnitude and location may be revised when additional
 data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused substantial damage and casualties due to its location and size. For additional information, see the USGS NEIC web page
  NEIC: Near Real Time Earthquake List  [Also note many other quakes around the Pacific Rim.]

                   Updated as of Sun Sep 8 19:49:28 UTC 2002.
 DATE-(UTC)-TIME       Latitude  Longitude  Depth  Magnitude  Q   COMMENTS
 yyyy/mm/dd  hh:mm:ss  degrees   degrees    km

 2002/09/08  18:44:26  3.23S     142.87E    33.0   7.5        A   NEAR N COAST NEW GUINEA, PNG.

USGS NEIC: Earthquake Bulletin: NEAR N COAST NEW GUINEA, PNG.


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KEYWORDS: bigbump; earthquake; melanesia; newguinea; papua; polynesia
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Big bump.
1 posted on 09/08/2002 4:53:30 PM PDT by 2sheep
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To: 2sheep
Let's help
2 posted on 09/08/2002 4:55:09 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: 2sheep
Anyone got a map handy?

7.5 Geez!!!!
3 posted on 09/08/2002 4:56:36 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: cmsgop

4 posted on 09/08/2002 4:58:07 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: 2sheep
Wonder if tsunami's are possible around the islands ....?

Stay Safe !

5 posted on 09/08/2002 5:00:19 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: Squantos
Just thinking that myself

Stay Dry!
6 posted on 09/08/2002 5:01:12 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: 11B3; ken5050; BullDog108; Mike Darancette; willyone; Physicist; Straight Vermonter; Lokibob; ...
Bump.
7 posted on 09/08/2002 5:05:43 PM PDT by 2sheep
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To: Squantos
Wonder if tsunami's are possible around the islands ....?

I think large quakes in the past have affected coasts on the opposite side of the plate.  This is the Pacific plate.  I wonder if Hawaii is on alert.

8 posted on 09/08/2002 5:08:43 PM PDT by 2sheep
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To: 2sheep
Well, from my experience (and guessing), I'd say expect at least a 4.0 in California within the next 24 hours. Of course, they happen all the time. ;)
9 posted on 09/08/2002 5:09:35 PM PDT by rintense
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To: 2sheep

10 posted on 09/08/2002 5:12:36 PM PDT by Consort
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To: 2sheep
,,, and...
11 posted on 09/08/2002 5:13:11 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: 2sheep
Oh MY...My sister's daughter-in-law left Saturday for Papus New Guinea!

Please ping me if you have any more info on this. I will have to call my nephew and find out if he has heard any thing from her.
12 posted on 09/08/2002 5:13:43 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: rintense
e0599b0-wb06000 u n Urgent-NWS_WCA-THIS_TSUN 09/08 238 THIS TSUNAMI ADVISORY BULLETIN IS FOR ALASKA, BRITISH WEST COAST AND ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED 09/08/2002 AT 2027 UTC

...THIS TSUNAMI ADVISORY BULLETIN IS FOR ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA ONLY...

NO - REPEAT NO - WATCH OR WARNING IS IN EFFECT. EARTHQUAKE DATA: PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE: 7.7 LOCATION: 3.3S 143.1E - NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG. TIME: 1044 ADT 09/08/2002 1144 PDT 09/08/2002 1844 UTC 09/08/2002

EVALUATION: BASED ON THE LOCATION, MAGNITUDE AND HISTORICAL RECORDS, THE EARTHQUAKE WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO GENERATE A TSUNAMI DAMAGING TO CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA OR ALASKA. SOME AREAS MAY EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES.

A FEW SELECTED ETA'S FOLLOW FOR INFORMATION AND REFERENCE: LA JOLLA, CA 0215 PDT SEP 9 TOFINO, BC 0135 PDT SEP 9 SAN FRANCISCO,CA 0149 PDT SEP 9 SITKA, AK 2331 ADT SEP 8 CRESCENT CITY,CA 0123 PDT SEP 9 KODIAK, AK 2250 ADT SEP 8 NEAH BAY, WA 0141 PDT SEP 9 SHEMYA, AK 1947 ADT SEP 8 THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER AT EWA BEACH, HAWAII WILL ISSUE BULLETINS FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC. BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS OF THIS EVENT UNTIL THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER ISSUES A CANCELLATION OR FINAL BULLETIN. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE HTTP://WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION. [TSUWCA / WEPA41 PAAQ 1031516869] EDIS-09-08-02 1327 PDT

13 posted on 09/08/2002 5:14:25 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: 2sheep
It's a deep quake. That diminishes the threat a lot.
14 posted on 09/08/2002 5:19:43 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
This was a 33 km which is shallow by quake standards. Look at the red ones in the Fiji area of 600 km.
15 posted on 09/08/2002 5:28:02 PM PDT by 2sheep
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To: Dog Gone; 2sheep
deep quake. That diminishes the threat a lot

The latest report (above) calls it a 7.7 quake. Very high number! Perhaps deep enough not to knock down skyscrapers, but they don't have any. I'm sure that New Guinea huts, canoes, etc. were destroyed in great numbers. Prayers for the natives.

16 posted on 09/08/2002 5:29:11 PM PDT by PoisedWoman
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To: 2sheep
Wewak is where a big Tsunami hit back in 1998. The Christian missionary group (Wycliffe Bible Translators) that my wife and I support have facilities there and a Bible translation headquarters in Ukarumpa east of there
17 posted on 09/08/2002 5:30:07 PM PDT by P8riot
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To: cmsgop
Maps and geo info here:

 Tectonic Setting and Volcanoes of Papua New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands

 USGS NEIC: Historical Seismicity: NEAR N COAST NEW GUINEA, PNG.

18 posted on 09/08/2002 5:30:56 PM PDT by 2sheep
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To: Squantos
A BIG Tsunami hit at Wewak PNG back in 1998. Exactly where this quake was centered
19 posted on 09/08/2002 5:33:41 PM PDT by P8riot
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To: PoisedWoman
Prayers for the natives.

And for the missionaries in the area. Some are friends of mine.

20 posted on 09/08/2002 5:35:06 PM PDT by P8riot
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To: 2sheep
bump
21 posted on 09/08/2002 5:47:30 PM PDT by PianoMan
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To: 2sheep
I need more information than provided here. I have 8 bottles of good wine to consume if the Big Kahuna is headed this away. Our house is barely 100 feet above sea level.
22 posted on 09/08/2002 5:54:11 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: cmsgop; Amelia
The last time they had one this big it was HUGE! Swamped!
23 posted on 09/08/2002 5:59:28 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: P8riot
Tens of thousands died in '98.
24 posted on 09/08/2002 5:59:54 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Yeah, I know. If there is another Tsunami, It could be just as devastating.
25 posted on 09/08/2002 6:27:51 PM PDT by P8riot
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To: PoisedWoman
The earthquake could do as much damage as a long line of corrupt and incompetent governments. The country's well along the way to falling to pieces.
26 posted on 09/08/2002 7:17:19 PM PDT by Big Bunyip
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To: P8riot
A posting I found on the net

Posted by Wilfred Lus from (128.1.3.67, 128.1.2.245) via proxy webcache2-moresby.online.net.pg (202.1.54.28) on Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 16:01:34 :

Preliminary information as follows:

Earthquake felt strongly at Wewak, strongets in living memory of 50-y-o-priest. Wewak Hospital three deaths reported. I expect greatest damage may be west of Wewak in Suain area. Aitape will get radio reports from Suain after 0730 local time (2130 UT).

At Wewak bookshelves fell over, we can expect damage to water storage tanks needing replacement, other damage too early in the day here for reports to be gathered. At Aitape town, sea was observed to recede then rise again repeatedly, maximum height above normal sea level 1.5 m (preliminary estimate).

This was continuing at 7 am (2100 UT). No reports yet from Sissano area until radio sched at 0730 local. Earthquake felt at Vanimo. In Maprik water tanks bursted.

I'll keep you posted if significant new info is received. Wilfred Lus Geology Dept UNIVERSITY OF PNG

27 posted on 09/08/2002 7:26:02 PM PDT by cmsgop
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Source ..... http://www.niugini.com/wwwboard/
28 posted on 09/08/2002 7:27:22 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: Howlin
I am working off of memory here, but I think the 1998 earthquake was associated with significant seafloor displacement, possibly an undersea landslide. This quake has a hypocentral depth of 33+/- kilometers, or roughly 18 to 20 miles deep (I am unsure of the water depth in the trench area). So the opportunity for significant seafloor displacement due to fault rupture is minimal.

The seimic shaking, in and of itself, is not likely to cause a large tsunami.

29 posted on 09/08/2002 7:34:59 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: PoisedWoman
Prayers for all as well.
30 posted on 09/08/2002 7:35:29 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: 2sheep
Bttt!!!!
31 posted on 09/08/2002 7:37:49 PM PDT by WaterDragon
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To: rintense
Oh, thanks!
32 posted on 09/08/2002 7:37:54 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: capitan_refugio
Now that you brought that up, I am sure you are correct.
33 posted on 09/08/2002 7:40:35 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Big Bunyip
The earthquake could do as much damage as a long line of corrupt and incompetent governments. The country's well along the way to falling to pieces.

Would it be possible for us to EVER have ONE THREAD without you doom and gloomers carping about the government?

34 posted on 09/08/2002 7:42:09 PM PDT by Howlin
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,,, in fact, earthquakes are a minor consideration in PNG. The place is a frontier. I have a cousin who's on a five year contract there and the tales he tells me about the place make me glad I've only flown over it.
35 posted on 09/08/2002 7:45:55 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: shaggy eel
But isn't it beautiful?
36 posted on 09/08/2002 7:46:42 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
,,, from the air, I've never seen such a lush and dark green dense jungle. Maybe that's beauty. However, if you're a whitey working there, you are armed, the doors of your SUV have kevlar lining and the cops don't mind if you ice "rascals" - local armed gangs of criminals who are kept out of compounds by barbed wire and high security measures. It's the back door to the world but if you stay out of card games you come out of the experience with a good bank balance.
37 posted on 09/08/2002 7:54:06 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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Swell place!

A neighbor of mine had been WW2 pilot, stationed in PNG. He could curl your hair with stories of deadly bugs, snakes, and even treacherous natives not far removed from cannibalism. A well-fed healthy American serviceman, he picked up some bacteria there that infected his gums and caused all of his teeth to fall out at 22. Shaggy, tell your friend for me to use gallons of Listerine, if not stronger stuff.
38 posted on 09/08/2002 7:56:36 PM PDT by PoisedWoman
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,,, these days the water filters catch most everything down to 3 microns, so there's less risk, I guess. Still, like you say, they have everything that creeps and crawls and a shirt can rot out from sweat in a week or so if you're in the jungle.

I spend my days on a major faultline with a superb view of Wellington harbour and I figure I could be doing a lot worse.

39 posted on 09/08/2002 8:04:15 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: PoisedWoman
I need to get our more, don't I? Or at the very least, read your posts more carefully!
40 posted on 09/08/2002 8:11:24 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: 2sheep
Seems like the bigger ones happen around the time of the lunar tidal maximums give or take a couple of days. This is one of those times, this is one of the bigger ones.
41 posted on 09/08/2002 8:22:54 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: 2sheep
CNN has reported it caused 2 tsunami's...
42 posted on 09/08/2002 9:37:28 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
5.6 yesterday in Sicily.
43 posted on 09/08/2002 9:41:04 PM PDT by breakem
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To: Howlin
Here's a little excerpt from a story posted on Drudge now:

Small tsunami hits PNG after powerful quake

"PORT MORESBY, Sept 9 (Reuters) - A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck northern Papua New Guinea on Monday, knocking coastal homes off their stilts, generating a small tsunami and killing three people, according to initial reports.

The quake hit near an area of the poor South Pacific nation where one of a similar size triggered tsunamis that killed more than 2,000 people in 1998. This time, a one to two metre (3.3-6.7 ft) wave swept ashore but caused no damage, officials said ...

The quake was close to the coastal town of Aitape where more than 2,000 people were killed in July 1998 when 15-metre (50 ft) waves swept 500 metres (550 yards) inshore.

The Aitape quake measured 7.1, too small to have caused the tsunamis. Some experts say the quake may have triggered a submarine landslide that sent the huge waves roaring inland."

44 posted on 09/08/2002 9:51:07 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: shaggy eel
Interesting coincidence. I read a paper about two months ago concerning the 1855 Wairarapa Earthquake. Although there were no modern mechanisms to measure the magnitude of that quake, the intensity of shaking, the surficial displacement, and the damage caused by the quake suggest a Richter magnitude of 8.0 to 8.2.

I thought I had it bad being 60 kilometers from the San Andreas Fault! ;^)

45 posted on 09/08/2002 10:04:44 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: PoisedWoman
I just finished reading a book about a missionary trek up to Engati Village in PNG in the early 1980's, In the Hearts of Wild Men, by Earnest Herndon. Sounds like a beautiful country, but potentially deadly.
46 posted on 09/09/2002 5:38:54 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Squantos
Wonder if tsunami's are possible around the islands ....?

Within the past few years there was an earthquake in New Guinea that generated a tsunami. The wave killed many, many people there.
47 posted on 09/09/2002 5:50:38 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: capitan_refugio
,,, if you're ever down this way, take a rural road running from Martinborough thru Gladstone, in the Wairarapa. The land rises quite a few metres high, like a shelf for many kilometres along the Wairarapa. We also got the shelf that now forms the Hutt motorway, connecting Wellington City with the Hutt Valley.

Try www.mapzone.co.nz to see where I'm talking about.

48 posted on 09/09/2002 2:05:38 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: 2sheep
Wow, 7.5 is a big one!
49 posted on 09/09/2002 5:16:21 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Prodigal Daughter; Thinkin' Gal; shaggy eel; Crazymonarch; cmsgop; ...
Since the 7.6 at 2002/09/08 18:44:26, the NEIC: Near Real Time Earthquake List says there have been today six more quakes at the same location:  4.9, 5.1, 5.0, 5.0, 5.0, and 5.1 so something is still going strong.  This is a similar sound as the repetitive war drums in the earth at Fiji.  It would be nice if it is only a bunny, but it sounds like the signaling of war.


50 posted on 09/09/2002 8:14:12 PM PDT by 2sheep
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