Earthquake 6.3 magnitude hits Santa Cruz islands following a dozen other in the region

Earthquake 6.3 magnitude hits Santa Cruz islands following a dozen other in the region 6.3-magnitude quake hits Santa Cruz Islands region

Published on Feb 5, 2013
Magnitude 6.3
Date-Time Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 00:07:22 UTC Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 11:07:22 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 10.858°S, 165.206°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances 69 km (42 miles) WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands
558 km (346 miles) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
597 km (370 miles) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
831 km (516 miles) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

The 6.3 earthquake happen hours after the Solomon Islands got hit for 8.0 causing a Tsunami warning for the island nations of the south Pacific, with houses reported damaged in the Solomons.

Local officials reported two 1.5-metre waves hitting the western side of Santa Cruz Island in the Solomons, damaging about 50 homes and properties. There were no reports of injuries or deaths. Villagers had gone to higher ground as a precaution.

The U.S. Geological Survey indicate a total of 11 tremors have hit the Solomon Island Region in the last hour.
5.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION 2013-02-06 02:30:49 10.822°S 164.980°E 32.5
5.2 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 02:18:14 11.468°S 165.614°E 34.4
5.2 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 02:06:21 10.597°S 165.363°E 10.0
6.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 01:54:15 10.514°S 165.733°E 10.2
5.7 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 01:48:42 11.628°S 165.937°E 10.0
5.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 01:33:37 10.922°S 165.085°E 10.0
6.4 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION 2013-02-06 01:23:19 11.232°S 164.921°E 10.1
5.6 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 01:22:12 11.366°S 165.768°E 10.1
8.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 2013-02-06 01:12:27 10.738°S 165.138°E 28.7
5.3 89km W of Lata, Solomon Islands 2013-02-06 00:46:01 10.871°S 165.029°E 9.5
6.3 70km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

The tsunami warning is in effect for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna, Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau A Tsunami Watch is in Effect For Samoa, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Wake Island, Chuuk, Jarvis Island, Guam, Northern Marianas, Palmyra Island, Yap, Johnston Island, Minamitorishima, Belau, and Midway Island.

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.
FOR ALL AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

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