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#1 renae76

Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:09 AM

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Transmitters serving the coastal area east coast are REQUESTED TO USE THE
STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL BEFORE BROADCASTING THIS MESSAGE

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
QUEENSLAND TSUNAMI WARNING
Issued at 8:57am on Monday the 2nd of April 2007

For people in coastal areas of Queensland.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TSUNAMI BULLETIN

TSUNAMI THREAT TO EASTERN AUSTRALIA and Willis and Barrier Reef
Islands, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii
has detected an undersea earthquake near Solomon Islands and has issued a
Tsunami Bulletin.

The earthquake has also been detected by Geoscience Australia.

FOR ALL OTHER PACIFIC AREAS, THIS MESSAGE IS AN ADVISORY ONLY.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME -  6:40 am EST 02 APR 2007
COORDINATES -   8.6 SOUTH  157.2 EAST
LOCATION    -  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE   -  8.1

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
HONIARA  15CM ZERO-TO-PEAK OBSERVED AT 7:31 am EST

EVALUATION

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. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES


MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. THE TIME
BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE TSUNAMI WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

Based on the magnitude and location of the earthquake,
tsunami could start affecting these locations at the following local
time:

Cooktown from 0931am 02/04/2007
Cairns from 0949am
Brisbane 1033am
Gladstone 1139am
Mackay 1144am

This bulletin is also available through TV and Radio
broadcasts and the Bureau's website at
www.bom.gov.au/tsunami/

Dangerous waves and currents may affect beaches, harbours and rivers for several
hours from the time of impact and low- lying coastal areas could be flooded.

The waves can be separated in time by between ten to sixty minutes and the first
wave of the series may not be the largest.

The Queensland State Emergency Service advises that people should stay away from
low lying coastal areas.

This warning will be updated by this morning.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218

The Bureau of Meteorology and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate
this warning being broadcast regularly.




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