A 6.0 earthquake off the coast of Panama at 6:40 p.m. HST has not generated a pacific-wide tsunami. It was the third temblor of magnitude 5.5 or higher in the last two days in that region. An Earthquake “Watch” – essentially for information purposes only – has been issued for the region.
The US Geological Survey also notes that no tsunami activity has been detected by deep water buoys in the so-called “ring of fire.” No further bulletins are expected on this incident.
The magnitude of that overnight earthquake has been upped a tick. Originally reported as a 4.1, the adjusted number is now 4.2 on the Richter Scale according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island.
The temblor occurred at 2:37 a.m. today and was felt across Maui County. There were no aftershocks and no tsunami threat was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Center on O’ahu.
Earlier Friday the center said it estimated the quake at 4.1 which was reported at 2:37 a.m. Friday in the “deep ocean” southwest of Lanai.
But the USGS said although the magnitude was initially estimated at 4.0, a more detailed seismic analyses resulted in a final magnitude of 4.2. It occurred in the ocean about 4 miles deep and 34 miles west-southwest of Maunaloa, Molokai.
By Jeff King
Q: Riddle me this: What has three eyes and is very dangerous?
A: The Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes Julio and Iselle and Super Typhoon Genevieve each feature distinct eye walls as of 9 a.m. today.
While the seriousness of Mother Nature is playing out in epic fashion, forecasters, government agencies, residents and visitors are all focusing on one thing: Staying safe. The most urgent threat comes from Hurricane Iselle – now just 360 miles ESE of Kahului (245 miles ESE of Hilo), and heading our way at about 17 mph. That puts the center of Iselle over Hilo at around 11 p.m. tonight (HST) and just south of Maui at about 6 a.m., Friday.
However, these storms are big and winds generated by a Category 1 hurricane can maintain their speed and destructive strength upwards of 75 to 100 miles out from the center of the storm. That means things could get nasty on the Big Island by this afternoon around 5 p.m. – and very blustery over Maui County starting around 1 a.m. Friday.
This animated satellite sequence of Hurricane Iselle shows dense formation and an eye wall partially obscured. That could mean one of two things: Either the storm is gradually weakening, or that cloud tops are billowing upwards at such a rapid pace that the satellite photos can’t keep up with the development of the storm. Another thing to note is that there is no apparent shear around Iselle. That means that mid and upper level winds are not dismantling the storm – at least not yet.
Meanwhile, a few “clicks” to the east of Iselle, Hurricane Julio remains a Category 2 storm – with sustained winds in excess of 110 mph. Julio, forecasters say, will weaken to become a tropical storm as it passes north of the Big Island around sunrise this Sunday, passing north of Maui Sunday afternoon.
Light rains began early this morning around Hilo and a very impressive “anvil” cloud formed over the Auau Channel between Maui and Lana’i. That was around sunrise today – which also greeted the world with a magnitude 4.5 earthquake near Waimea on the Big Island. MauiWatch spotters reported feeling the temblor in Wailuku.
And finally, Super Typhoon Genevieve. She began as a tropical storm in the eastern Pacific, began to break apart in the Central Pacific, and has strengthened into a super typhoon that should play out over open ocean.
An earthquake rumbled off the north coast of Moloka’i early today. No damages or injuries have been reported. The 4:42 a.m. temblor registered at 3.8 on the Richter scale.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a LOCAL EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION STATEMENT. This statement is for information only. No action required:
ORIGIN TIME – 4:42 p.m. HST
COORDINATES – 21.3 NORTH 157.1 WEST
LOCATION – Off the north coast of Molokai
MAGNITUDE – 3.8.
EFFECTS: No tsunami is expected.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has CANCELLED a TSUNAMI ADVISORY for the state of Hawaii. The cancellation also means that all Maui County beach parks are now open. An 8.2 magnitude quake sdruck along the coast of northern Chile shortly before 2 p.m., HST, Tuesday. A local tsunami – generated almost immediately, was estimated a six feet. A Pacific-wide Tsunami Watch was issued. The watch was downgraded to “advisory” shortly after 3:30 a.m. today – when any significant tsunami activity would have reached Hawai’i.
EFFECTS: Tsunami wave heights across the state of Hawaii are now below advisory levels and are continuing to diminish. Based on all available data, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is now cancelling the Tsunami Advisory.
Smaller sea level changes and strong or unusual currents may persist for several additional hours and appropriate caution should be exercised.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: Ocean Safety officials have completed an assessment of conditions and report nothing unusual. ALL County beach parks are open.
INFORMATION: This will be the final message issued for this event unless additional data are received.
TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT – TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT
THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER…… THE TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII IS STILL BEING EVALUATED.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME – 0147 PM HST 01 APR 2014
COORDINATES – 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST
LOCATION – OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE – 8.0 MOMENT EVALUATION
THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.
IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL TIME IS 0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014
FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.
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