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Your daily Pacific Rim earthquake is in ...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Caught it on the @BreakingNews feed on Twitter, happened about 40 minutes ago:<blockquote>@BreakingNews BULLETIN -- MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES OFF AMERICAN SAMOA.

    @BreakingNews BULLETIN -- TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED FOR AMERICAN SAMOA, SAMOA, NIEU, WALLIS-FUTUNA.</blockquote>No link yet. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mdbi.php

    Location on Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/yckujjr

    Tsunami warnings also issued for Hawaii and New Zealand.

    Update: @BreakingNews reports that earthquake magnitude has been bumped to 8.3. Three-meter tsunami hit American Samoa.
     
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Damn. I get text alerts from USGS any time there's an earthquake over 5.0 anywhere in the world. Saw this one was 200+ km away from Samoa, and didn't think anything of it. Big ones hit in the middle of the ocean all the time.

    Hope those islands don't get the brunt of it. Thought for sure this rupture would be too far away.

    Update: USGS has it back at 8.0 now.
     
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Anyone know what determines whether a tsunami forms or doesn't form from an undersea earthquake?
    It seems like any displacement would cause one to some extent.
     
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Heard on the BBC that Samoa got hit very hard by the tsunami. There's a tsunami warning for all of New Zealand too.
     
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Good news: RT @BreakingNews BULLETIN -- ALL TSUNAMI WARNINGS AND WATCHES HAVE BEEN CANCELED.
     
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    new york times says lots of people dead but nothing confirmed numbers-wise.
     
  7. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Tried looking for newspaper web sites from the islands, but there doesn't seem to be any that update regularly. Also, no significant TV or radio news web sites either.
     
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Fourteen dead in the American Samoa tsunami, reports AP, which adds that an unspecified number of people were killed in neighboring Samoa. Water reached points up to a mile inland in American Samoa.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090929/ap_on_re_au_an/as_pacific_earthquake
     
  9. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Has Survivor left Samoa?
     
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Pics: http://twitpic.com/photos/ardieroque
     
  11. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Dang.
     
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: 7.9 earthquake off American Samoa

    Update: At least 99 dead. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090930/ap_on_re_au_an/as_pacific_earthquake

    Also, Indonesia got a 7.6-magnitude wake-up call this morning. At least 75 dead. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090930/ap_on_re_as/as_indonesia_earthquake
     
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