Another massive earthquake near the Solomon Islands – a tsunami was generated

Last update: April 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm by By

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Update 22:13 UTC: RadioNZ.co.nz reports that :
The Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, says there has been no damage reported so far.
“There was very little damage or no damage at all, either from the earthquake or the tsunami itself. Although waves were generated we did not have any reports of major damage to communities or any infrastructure around the Makira province”.
Addionally, The NDMO has send teams to isolated islands to check whether there was any damage inflicted.

Another big earthquake struck to the south of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands. This time it was luckily at the southern side of the fault line and at a bigger distance from the island. According to the theoretical calculations of the USGS, 7000 people experienced a very strong shaking.

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Tsunami : At 14:42 the last tsunami warning was canceled for the Solomon Islands. The tsunami gauge readings were as follows :

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Tsunami : At 13:55 UTC, PTWC has cancelled the tsunami warning for Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu but the Solomon Islands remains in place. They also have reported that a tsunami was generated but gauge readings at Lata showed only an increase of  0.1 ft or 0,03 meters

Tsunami : At 12:46 UTC, a Tsunami Warning was in effect for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

111km (69mi) S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
321km (199mi) SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
713km (443mi) NW of Luganville, Vanuatu
922km (573mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
967km (601mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-13 23:36:16

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-13 12:36:16

Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 21:13 4.8 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 21:13 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 21:13 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 19:41 4.6 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 19:41 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 19:41 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 18:11 4.8 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 18:11 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 18:11 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 15:24 4.8 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 15:24 4.8 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
PTWC Solomon Islands Apr 13 14:42 7.4 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 14:30 4.7 37 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 14:30 4.7 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 14:26 4.9 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 14:26 4.9 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:42 5.2 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:42 5.2 49 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:42 5.0 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:25 5.9 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:25 5.9 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:25 5.9 31 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:12 5.6 35 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:12 5.6 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 13:12 5.8 38 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:46 5.7 31 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:46 5.7 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:46 5.7 25 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:36 7.4 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:36 7.7 20 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:36 7.4 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Honiara - None known
  • EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:36 7.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    WCATWC Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:36 7.7 19 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:24 4.7 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 12:24 4.7 20 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 11:12 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 11:12 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 11:12 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:54 4.8 51 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:54 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:26 4.8 37 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:26 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:26 4.7 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:09 5.1 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:09 5.1 8 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:09 5.3 25 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:05 5.0 30 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:05 5.2 38 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 10:05 5.0 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 09:29 5.2 60 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 09:29 5.5 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 09:29 5.2 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 08:55 4.9 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 08:55 4.9 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 06:19 4.7 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 06:19 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 06:19 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 05:59 4.9 14 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 05:36 4.7 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 05:36 4.7 20 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 05:25 4.6 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 05:25 4.6 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 04:36 4.8 23 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 04:36 5.0 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 04:36 4.9 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 04:31 4.6 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 04:31 4.6 24 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 03:41 4.8 18 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 03:41 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 03:41 4.7 20 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kirakira, Solomon Islands Apr 13 03:17 4.9 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Apr 13 03:17 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Honiara - Just need your advice and warnings referring to tsunami and disasters advice if necessary. ER : One important advice is : If it shakes very hard for 30 seconds or more - run to higher grounds! Other advice i will give you link later but following authority instructions is of course most valuable.
  • GEOFON Solomon Islands Apr 13 03:17 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO


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