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Guest posted a topic in Aussie ChatApparently there are fears that a smaller tsunami may be headed for New Zealand. Reports up to 40 dead after quake, tsunami hit Samoa - World - NZ Herald News http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10600389
Hopefully this won't affect any of us but for anyone near the coast please read:Tsunami warning issued following New Zealand earthquake | Herald Sun BREAKING NEWS: A TSUNAMI warning has been issued for Australia after an earthquake struck earlier this evening. The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology issued a tsunami marine alert for low-lying coastal areas along the coast of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania following the 7.22pm quake off the coast of New Zealand. The bureau stressed no tsunami waves had been recorded yet, but urged people in the impacted areas to move to higher ground. "In areas with a threat to the marine environment only, emergency authorities advise people to get out of the water and move away from the immediate water's edge of harbours, coastal estuaries, rock platforms and beaches. "Tsunami waves are more powerful than the same size beach waves, with the first wave not necessarily being the largest." A bureau spokeswoman says a tsunami wave could develop and hit Australia's coast, but it is quite rare. "We're continuing to monitor and update the situation," she said. The tsunami warning is valid until midnight and warns residents between Gabo Island and Seal Rocks along the coast of New South Wales of strong wind gusts and waves that may peak twice as high as normal. Victorians are facing a marine warning between Lakes Entrance and Gabo Island. In Tasmania, residents are warned between the northern tip of Flinders Island to Low Rocky Point. There's also a more serious land warning issued for Lord Howe Island, off the east coast of Australia. There is a threat of flooding and dangerous waves for several hours, the bureau reports. The US Geological Survey says the powerful 7.8-magnitude undersea quake struck west of Invercargill on New Zealand's South Island. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says it's not immediately known if a tsunami has been generated but one could strike coastlines in the region within minutes to hours. It's believed the epicentre was 161km off the coast of New Zealand's South Island at a depth of 33km
Tsunami warning for east coast April 02, 2007 08:45am Article from: </IMG> Font size: + - Send this article: Print Email A TSUNAMI warning has been issued for the whole eastern coast of Australia as far south as Tasmania after a strong earthquake off the Solomon Islands. The warning includes Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. An earlier warning covered Queensland's Barrier Reef Islands and Willis Island in the Coral Sea. Barry Hirshorn from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said he had been hearing rumours of 20 houses washed away close to the epicentre of the quake, but further away the tsunami was down to less than half a metre. He said a warning had gone out for the north-east coast of Australia. "All we can say is that both ourselves and Geoscience Australia and the met (meteorological) services are all anxiously checking water level readings," he told the Seven Network. "That (water levels readings) will give us our next step." The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit near the Solomon Islands at 6.40am (AEST) today and was centred about 350km west-north-west of the capital Honiara at a depth of 10km. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre in Melbourne said a possible tsunami could affect Willis Island at 8.30am and Cooktown in far north Queensland about 9.30am. People were warned to move out of the water and away from low lying foreshore areas and then listen for further advice from state emergency service authorities. But the bureau said the warning was based on the earthquake and it was not known if a tsunami was generated. "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicentre within minutes to hours," the warning centre said. The centre said it had no confirmed information a tsunami was generated but said authorities should take appropriate action in response to the possibility. A quake of a magnitude greater than six can trigger a tsunami. The quake struck at 0640 AEST and was centred about 350km west-north-west of the capital Honiara at a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey and Hong Kong Observatory said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The Pacific nation, 2575km east of Australia, has fewer than 500,000 people living on dozens of islands. It is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates meet and frequently experiences volcanic and seismic activity. also see the link http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/tsunami-warning-in-queensland/2007/04/02/1175366110823.html