A strong, deep, undersea earthquake struck the Banda Sea north-east of East Timor early this morning.
Archive for October, 2009
An early evening earthquake in Cook Strait today, was felt as a sharp jolt abruptly followed by noisy shaking.
After a day when an extraordinary series of strong earthquakes played back and forth on the tectonic plate boundary between Vanuatu and the Santa Cruz Islands, earthquake activity in the South Pacific continues apace.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre cancelled the tsunami warning for New Zealand at 1:18 p.m. today.
A burst of earthquake activity between 10:40 and 12:15 today produced three very powerful earthquakes in just over an hour-and-a-half.
Following the earthquake of magnitude 7.9 near Tonga in May 2006, the Ministry of Civil Defence was caught flat-footed, failing to confirm or discount tsunami warnings being broadcast by television stations. Ministry officials dithered, creating serious public uncertainty.
Last Wednesday’s earthquake and tsunami near Tonga and Samoa resulted in tsunami warnings for New Zealand coastlines. Some have again accused the Ministry of repeating its Ministry of Continual Dithering act again, but did it?
A strong, shallow earthquake struck off the coast of Tonga just after 2 o’clock this afternoon.
Tonga and Samoa continue to experience aftershocks of yesterday’s magnitude 8 earthquake, while sea level gauges show that the sea is still disturbed at several New Zealand locations.