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Japan - Tsunami warning issued after 8.3 magnitude earthquake
AP News Alert | January 12, 2007

Posted on 01/12/2007 8:53:22 PM PST by HAL9000

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Meteorological Agency issues tsunami warning for country's east coast after magnitude 8.3 earthquake in northern Japan.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Japan; News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: California; US: Hawaii; US: Oregon; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: earthquake; godzillanightout; hangten; japan; nainokami; quake; surfsup; tsunami
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To: myprecious

Yup, I know..
One day years ago we followed a plane coming in from overseas into LA.. I forget why, I think I was watching the whole thing for 3 hours.


151 posted on 01/12/2007 10:22:47 PM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: myprecious

I'm with ya'... I can't say that I will be here 3 hours from now though.

I watched the aftermath from the other one and the after, aftermath. Kind of like Katrina.

Can I stop watching? It is US this time, maybe. It will be here in the morning.


152 posted on 01/12/2007 10:23:17 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: abner

I agree, no moe catastrophies but that's out of our hands.

I'm not really a Mayor. I just enjoy irritating the politicos and have run for office 3 times, this next time I win...! : )


153 posted on 01/12/2007 10:25:08 PM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Cool... You win on the magical number 4!

Freep mail me for my story.


154 posted on 01/12/2007 10:26:31 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: Jaded
I've never watched his show, I just remember seeing the small headline. Here is the quote:

Robertson said, "Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have felt strongly that the coasts are going to be lashed by vicious hurricanes this year. Also, there may well be something as bad as a tsunami up in the Pacific Northwest." http://mediamatters.org/items/200605180016

155 posted on 01/12/2007 10:26:59 PM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Marysecretary
My son lives in Anchorage with his family. Prayers up. I hope they stay safe.
156 posted on 01/12/2007 10:28:35 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: Mount Athos
quakes above 7.5 can make tsunamis. I wonder if it could hit hawaii? or is the quake on the far side of japan from it

Perhaps the most important earthquake to study to understand tsunami destruction at a distance is the Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960 (a 9.5 magnitude earthquake). That earthquake devastated Hilo, Hawaii, areas of the Philippines, a couple of local areas in Japan, and of course Chile. What is important is that reflected waves or waves caused at different points can combine in certain areas to amplify locally. This is why Hilo, Hawaii was devastated in 1960, but most of Hawaii was unscathed. It is interesting to note that Hilo, Hawaii was hit by several small waves from the tsunami (like parts in Japan) before a larger devastating wave hit. from the Great Earthquake of 2004 may help you to see how it acts. The major lesson is to evacuate everywhere that the tsunami could possibly have these amplifying actions (or just the original wavefront) that exceed a certain setpoint. More information on the Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960.

157 posted on 01/12/2007 10:29:02 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: abner

Ok, can't keep my eyes open any longer...

Night all. I know that the ONLY real news will be here at FR.


158 posted on 01/12/2007 10:29:15 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: abner

it could be even longer than 3 hours. NOAA is predicting approximately 5:23 AM (Eastern Time) (12:23 Hawaii Time) should anything happen there. I pray not though.


159 posted on 01/12/2007 10:31:20 PM PST by sasha123
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To: burzum

My son, in Hilo, just called to say he's going up to Kaumana area - away from his apt by ocean. And he usually ignores these watches. But a 8.4 quake. . . . . Civil defense message flashing across our TV screens now. I'm up by the airport, so don't have to leave.

Thanks for the thread, Hal9000.


160 posted on 01/12/2007 10:31:52 PM PST by honolulugal
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To: sasha123

TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS
SEVERAL ==> HOURS <== AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME.


161 posted on 01/12/2007 10:33:02 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: abner

Same here.. I'll be back in the AM

I'd love to hear your story.
I have kept mine all in http://albanysinsanity.com/
and http://www.rusthompson.com/


162 posted on 01/12/2007 10:33:48 PM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: Mount Athos
Oops, I forgot to add my graphic. Link here
163 posted on 01/12/2007 10:34:58 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: abner

The weather channel barely mentioned it.


164 posted on 01/12/2007 10:35:16 PM PST by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: bnelson44

A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN OBSERVED AT THE FOLLOWING SITES
HANASAKI JAPAN 0.1M/0.3FT
WAVE OBSERVATIONS ARE THE AMPLITUDE ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=tsunami%20warning


165 posted on 01/12/2007 10:36:25 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: bnelson44

yes, I understand that, but I was quoting NOAA's prediction/time frame for waves action in Hawaii, should they begin there.


166 posted on 01/12/2007 10:36:34 PM PST by sasha123
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To: HAL9000
The local news channel (KTVU-SF/CA) just noted that "Japan's Meteorlogical Agency has noted a change in sea level has been observed" and "residents on Kuril Islands are being urged to move to higher ground".

There wasn't anything more than that and the typical "Stay tuned".

167 posted on 01/12/2007 10:38:01 PM PST by budman_2001
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To: honolulugal
There are several reports on the magnitude, most recently 7.6-7.7. The location is deep sea off the Kuril Islands. At this time no reports of any serious tsunami in the local areas. We'll have to wait and see.

Hope your son packed warm jammies......it's cool in Kaumana.
168 posted on 01/12/2007 10:41:44 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: BIGLOOK

The most recent estimates of magnitude:

Noaa says 8.2

USGS says 7.9


169 posted on 01/12/2007 10:43:00 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: bnelson44

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
0743 PM HST 12 JAN 2007

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH SUPPLEMENT

A TSUNAMI WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0623 PM HST 12 JAN 2007
COORDINATES - 46.7 NORTH 154.4 EAST
LOCATION - EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.2 MOMENT
MAGNITUDE - 8.1 RICHTER

EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

1223 AM HST 13 JAN 2007

MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.


170 posted on 01/12/2007 10:43:36 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: Mount Athos

Noaa 8.2
USGS 7.9
Ohio State 3


171 posted on 01/12/2007 10:44:38 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: bnelson44

** NEW **

Only seconds ago USGS revised their magnitude upward to 8.2 (from the old one of 7.9)

So now the USGS and NOAA estimates are both 8.2


172 posted on 01/12/2007 10:44:58 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: sasha123

sorry


173 posted on 01/12/2007 10:45:02 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: bnelson44

Report on yahoo saying tidal levels had fallen 4 inches in Nemuro, Japan, a sign of a possible tsunami.


174 posted on 01/12/2007 10:45:37 PM PST by rintense (Just say no to McCain in 2008!)
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To: REDWOOD99

USGS just upped it to 8.2


175 posted on 01/12/2007 10:45:41 PM PST by derllak
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To: Mount Athos

Wait and they will change again ;-)


176 posted on 01/12/2007 10:45:45 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: bnelson44

Thing to remember about Tsunamis is they don't spread equally in all directions - you basically get two "beams" extending perpendicular to the fault...

Which is why the Tsunami from the last Kuril quake was higher in Crescent City CA than it was in Japan.

Truly remarkable to have a couplet of 8+ mag quakes so close to each other in time and space.


177 posted on 01/12/2007 10:46:45 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: vikingchick

Anchorage is basically invulnerable to tsuamis. There was no Tsunami damage in Anchorage from the second largest quake ever recorded in 1964 that was just offshore, one that caused a massive tsunami in other areas of Alaska.


178 posted on 01/12/2007 10:48:32 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Fitzcarraldo

It's not reloading now.


179 posted on 01/12/2007 10:50:20 PM PST by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: bnelson44

that's ok, I have two cousins who work for NOAA - one in Hawaii handling this stuff, and another with earthquakes. They keep me straight too.


180 posted on 01/12/2007 10:51:20 PM PST by sasha123
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To: Global2010

Our daughter just called from San Luis Obispo to pass along the "good" news, LOL. If I'd been freeping I'd have known already. Our last tsunami generated a bit of boat damage in the harbors but nothing too bad. We had a full-blown warning, sirens and all, a few days after we arrived here in 1994. I think a 6-inch wave was generated (how do they measure something like that when most of the waves are higher than that?) Most folk here live well away from the inundation zones.


181 posted on 01/12/2007 10:51:33 PM PST by Spyder
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To: sasha123

NEW UPDATE COMING


182 posted on 01/12/2007 10:51:34 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: BIGLOOK

He will be warm. Going to his girlfriend's house. :-)


183 posted on 01/12/2007 10:52:55 PM PST by honolulugal
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To: Spyder

This is for pacific basin, hawaii and east. Don't look for alaska to california info here. This is the new update #3

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 003
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0644Z 13 JAN 2007

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT
ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

RUSSIA / JAPAN / MARCUS IS. / WAKE IS. / MIDWAY IS. /
N. MARIANAS / GUAM / MARSHALL IS. / TAIWAN / YAP / POHNPEI /
CHUUK

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

PHILIPPINES / KOSRAE / BELAU / JOHNSTON IS. / HAWAII /
INDONESIA / KIRIBATI / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
HOWLAND-BAKER / PALMYRA IS. / SOLOMON IS. / TUVALU / VIETNAM /
JARVIS IS.

FOR ALL OTHER PACIFIC AREAS, THIS MESSAGE IS AN ADVISORY ONLY.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0423Z 13 JAN 2007
COORDINATES - 46.7 NORTH 154.4 EAST
LOCATION - EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.2

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER


----- ------ ----- ------ -----
HANASAKI HOKKAIDO 43.3N 145.6E 0605Z 0.10M 28MIN

TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT
AMPL - AMPLITUDE IN METERS FROM MIDDLE TO CREST OR MIDDLE
TO TROUGH OR HALF OF THE CREST TO TROUGH
PER - PERIOD OF TIME FROM ONE WAVE CREST TO THE NEXT

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.


184 posted on 01/12/2007 10:53:00 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Just got my revised update from USGS

sooo ok we are all on the same magnitude now. 8.2


185 posted on 01/12/2007 10:54:09 PM PST by Global2010 ( I am just ole Lab dog with my head stickin' out the window and my ears a flappin' in the wind.)
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To: streetpreacher

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 003
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0644Z 13 JAN 2007

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT
ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

RUSSIA / JAPAN / MARCUS IS. / WAKE IS. / MIDWAY IS. /
N. MARIANAS / GUAM / MARSHALL IS. / TAIWAN / YAP / POHNPEI /
CHUUK

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

PHILIPPINES / KOSRAE / BELAU / JOHNSTON IS. / HAWAII /
INDONESIA / KIRIBATI / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
HOWLAND-BAKER / PALMYRA IS. / SOLOMON IS. / TUVALU / VIETNAM /
JARVIS IS.

FOR ALL OTHER PACIFIC AREAS, THIS MESSAGE IS AN ADVISORY ONLY.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0423Z 13 JAN 2007
COORDINATES - 46.7 NORTH 154.4 EAST
LOCATION - EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.2

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER


----- ------ ----- ------ -----
HANASAKI HOKKAIDO 43.3N 145.6E 0605Z 0.10M 28MIN


186 posted on 01/12/2007 10:54:42 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: Strategerist; Marysecretary

Thanks. Anchorage should be OK then.


187 posted on 01/12/2007 10:56:17 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: Global2010

Time Warner Cable's Weather Channel - 46 - in San Diego.

They are stating (as recently as 5 mins ago), that there is NO - REPEAT NO watch or warning is in effect for the West Coast. A destructive Tsunami is not expected.

That's all I know.


188 posted on 01/12/2007 10:56:17 PM PST by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: bnelson44

That is what it should be here.
We are at 21 (wind chill factor included)


189 posted on 01/12/2007 10:56:50 PM PST by Global2010 ( I am just ole Lab dog with my head stickin' out the window and my ears a flappin' in the wind.)
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To: Mount Athos

Thanks for the update, Mount Athoe & bnelson44


190 posted on 01/12/2007 10:57:09 PM PST by honolulugal
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To: CyberAnt

NO - REPEAT NO - WATCH OR WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE
COASTAL AREAS FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO THE
NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER I., BRITISH COLUMBIA

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=tsunami warning


191 posted on 01/12/2007 10:58:09 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: Strategerist
Thing to remember about Tsunamis is they don't spread equally in all directions - you basically get two "beams" extending perpendicular to the fault...

Which is why the Tsunami from the last Kuril quake was higher in Crescent City CA than it was in Japan.

It is best not to make generalizations like that about such a dangerous event. While what you have described has occurred before, it is really only applicable to great thrust earthquakes and even then all that you are technically saying is that the non-lateral waves to the line of the fault (which still do exist) are small *relative* to the lateral waves. Add in geography and your entire theory goes to heck. For example as I discussed above, Hilo, Hawaii and parts of Japan were devastated in 1960 while your theory would suggest that they would be some of the areas least affected. Here is a graphic that I linked earlier that shows better what both you and I are talking about for the Great Earthquake of 2004.

192 posted on 01/12/2007 10:58:14 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: Global2010

yuck!


193 posted on 01/12/2007 10:58:35 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: bnelson44

A Tsunami Warning is in effect which includes the Alaska coastal areas from Sand Point, Alaska to Attu, Alaska.

A Tsunami Watch is in effect for the British Columbia and Alaska coastal areas from the north tip of Vancouver I., British Columbia to Sand Point, Alaska.

This message is advisory only for other areas of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

A Tsunami Warning means that all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets including those sheltered directly from the sea. Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should evacuate immediately. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures.

All residents within the warned area should be alert for instructions broadcast from their local civil authorities. A tsunami has been recorded.

A Tsunami Watch means that all coastal residents in the watch area should prepare for possible evacuation. A tsunami watch is issued to areas which will not be impacted by the tsunami for at least three hours. Watch areas will either be upgraded to warning status or canceled.

At 8:24 PM Pacific Standard Time on January 12, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 8.2 occurred east of the Kuril Islands, Russia. This earthquake has generated a tsunami. The waves are expected to first reach Shemya, Alaska at 9:35 PM AKST on January 12. Estimated tsunami arrival times and maps along with safety rules and other information can be found on the WCATWC web site.

A tsunami has been generated which could cause damage to the warned area. Expected wave heights are such that danger is limited to those in or near the waterfront. An extreme inundation is not expected in the states and provinces listed above.

A tsunami has been observed at the following sites:
Hanasaki Japan 0.1m/0.3ft
Wave observations are the amplitude above sea level.

[On the same site it had another place in Japan where peak to trough height of tsunami wave was about 6 feet!]


194 posted on 01/12/2007 10:58:38 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: honolulugal

With this last update a few minutes ago, they moved both Taiwan and Guam to a more serious warning level -- from watch to warning


195 posted on 01/12/2007 10:59:55 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: honolulugal

196 posted on 01/12/2007 11:00:34 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: Mount Athos

They just posted update #5 for california to alaska area.

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 5
NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
1054 PM PST FRI JAN 12 2007

...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE ALASKA
COASTAL AREAS FROM SAND POINT ALASKA TO ATTU ALASKA...

...A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE BRITISH COLUMBIA
AND ALASKA COASTAL AREAS FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER
I., BRITISH COLUMBIA TO SAND POINT ALASKA...

...AT THIS TIME THIS MESSAGE IS ADVISORY ONLY FOR OTHER
AREAS OF CALIFORNIA - OREGON - WASHINGTON - AND BRITISH
COLUMBIA...


197 posted on 01/12/2007 11:02:00 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

tsunami watch for Hawaii and parts of Alaska as well.


198 posted on 01/12/2007 11:02:03 PM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: Mount Athos

(continued)


A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN OBSERVED AT THE FOLLOWING SITES
HANASAKI JAPAN 0.1M/0.3FT
KUSHIRO JAPAN 0.05 M/0.15FT
OFUNATO JAPAN 0.06M/0.2 FT
KAMAISHI JAPAN 0.07CM/0.2FT
MIYAKO JAPAN 0.08CM/ 0.26FT
SHEMYA ALASKA .06CM/0.2 FT


199 posted on 01/12/2007 11:02:51 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: burzum

The lateral beams expand in width with distance and the length of fault rupture in the Chile quake was exceedingly long.

You have local amplification effects in places like Crescent City from the topography of the bottom as well, of course.

My main point is people shouldn't be making judgements of the size of any possible tsunami from tide stations on Hokkaido, which are oriented along the fault itself in the same way as Bangladesh (which saw basically no tsunami at all) was to the 2004 Sumatran quake.


200 posted on 01/12/2007 11:03:11 PM PST by Strategerist
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