Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 15th Nov 2006

A great earthquake (Mag 8.1) hit Kurile Islands in Russia today, Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 10:14 pm local time at epicentre.
A tsunami warning is in effect for Russia, Japan, Marcus Is, Midway Is.
A tsunami watch is in effect for Northern Marianas, Guam, Marshall is, Taiwan, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap, Philippines, Kosrae, Belau, Johnston Is, Hawaii, Indonesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea. Solomon Islands has not been mentioned, but is in the same area.

Estimated arrival times for tsunami:

URUP IS 46.1N 150.5E 1139 UT 15 NOV
PETROPAVLOVSK K 53.2N 159.6E 1224 UT 15 NOV
SEVERO KURILSK 50.8N 156.1E 1229 UT 15 NOV
UST KAMCHATSK 56.1N 162.6E 1249 UT 15 NOV
MEDNNY IS 54.7N 167.4E 1251 UT 15 NOV

KUSHIRO 42.5N 144.5E 1219 UT 15 NOV
HACHINOHE 40.5N 142.0E 1245 UT 15 NOV
KATSUURA 35.1N 140.3E 1321 UT 15 NOV
SHIMIZU 32.5N 133.0E 1434 UT 15 NOV
OKINAWA 26.2N 127.8E 1535 UT 15 NOV

Earthquakes of this size can disrupt volcanoes in the region. The closest volcanoes to the epicentre are in the Kurile Islands - Urataman (88 km NW), Prevo Peak (92 km NW), and Zavaritzki (101 km NW). Zavaritzki volcano last erupted in 1957.
Volcanoes of Kurile Islands...