7.9 another earthquake!


(VelikM) #1

TO ALL TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM PARTICIPANTS
SUBJECT: TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN
BULLETIN NUMBER 1
WEST COAST AND ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED 11/03/2002 AT 2253 UTC

…THIS TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN IS FOR ALASKA, BRITISH
COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA ONLY…

NO - REPEAT NO - WATCH OR WARNING IS IN EFFECT.

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO AN EARLIER TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN.
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MAGNITUDE FOR THIS EARTHQUAKE.

EARTHQUAKE DATA:
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE: 7.9

LOCATION: 63.5N 147.5W - 45 MILES SE OF DENALI PARK HDQTS., AK.
90 MILES S OF FAIRBANKS, AK.
TIME: 1313 AST 11/03/2002
1413 PST 11/03/2002
2213 UTC 11/03/2002

EVALUATION:
BASED ON LOCATION AND MAGNITUDE THE EARTHQUAKE WAS NOT
SUFFICIENT TO GENERATE A TSUNAMI DAMAGING TO CALIFORNIA,
OREGON, WASHINGTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA OR ALASKA.

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE TSUNAMI BULLETINS
FOR HAWAII AND OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT BY THE
WEST COAST AND ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER UNLESS CONDITIONS
WARRANT. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE HTTP://WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV
FOR MORE INFORMATION.
This was a real attention getter! :o It lasted 2-3 minutes and did much damage, 3 main highways are closed due to extensive cracking, some 20 feet deep. No reported injuries (serious) or deaths :slight_smile: though. Some motorists are stranded on the highways, due to the lack of road to drive on, one truck hauling materials drove into a crack, the driver escaped with minor injuries. Once again we were fortunate in that it occured in a sparsely populated area (includes most of Alaska. :-? )

I’d like to express my condoles to any that have lost family or friend, in the earthquakes in Italy. :frowning:


(fullback) #2

Did you feel it? I realize it was 350 miles away, but a shallow 7.9 is a MONSTER. Nothing like an enormous earthquake to increase the pucker factor eh?

Likewise, my condolences are extended to the people affected by the quakes in Italy.


(WeirdHat) #3

Here’s the earthquake: http://www2.bc.edu/~kafka/quakes/alaska.gif

If you wanna see a screenshot that’s updated every 10 minutes, go to http://www2.bc.edu/~kafka/Seismograph_Display/EarthMoves.html - the earthquake will still be on there for a while.


(S68) #4

Thanks… I live far enought, but this was quite a bad one. The only building which completely collapsed was a primary school, and it was full time :(.

In the meantime our bigger volcano is erupting too

http://gallery.quotidiano.net/foto_scroll.php?phpslideshow=1&directory=eruzione_etna

only damages to buildings up to now…

Stefano


(fullback) #5

Looks like Italy and Alaska are both waking up from geological siestas.

My brother is in Bologna studying right now and said that construction violations may have been the root cause of the school collapse. Poor kids.


(S68) #6

Your brother is right. It is current rumor…

Stefano


(Dittohead) #7

:o

u ok?


(fullback) #8

What don’t you understand?


(VelikM) #9

More like 270 miles, and yes it had a great pucker factor. :wink:
I was visiting a friend in Anchorage when it hit, it lasted long enough that we had time to watch everything moving around, trees, cars, the building… When I got home I had a mess to cleanup where the shelves in the kitchen dumped everything on the floor. They say it was felt as far south as New Orleans, and caused some houseboat moorings to fail in Seattle.


(Timonides) #10

I heard that on the news also… They said that they built the second floor, with out strengthening the foundations of the building…

It was an extremely tragic accident… I think 26 children died there… :frowning:

My condolences to the parents of those poor kids S68 to… :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: :frowning:

Spyros.