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Tsunami warning for Russia, 1000 km around Kuril Islands

ECONOMYNEXT – A hazardous tsunami warning had been issued for Russia and areas 1,000 kilometers of Kuril Island by American authorities in Hawaii.

UPDATE: No tsunami threat from Kuril Island earthquake, small waves: PTWC

“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for costs located within 1000k, of earthquake epicenter,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

Waves may reach Russia’s coast as early 0345 hours Universal Time/GMT, the PTWC said.

Residents of Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Coastal regions of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska are asked to refer to WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV, for information.

Kuril Island is off the coast of Russia. Link to USGS map here.

LOCATION REGION COORDINATES ETA(UTC)
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URUP ISLAND RUSSIA 46.1N 150.5E 0345 03/25
PETROPAVLOVSK RUSSIA 53.2N 159.6E 0354 03/25
UST KAMCHATSK RUSSIA 56.1N 162.6E 0358 03/25
SEVERO KURILSK RUSSIA 50.8N 156.1E 0406 03/25
MEDNNY ISLAND RUSSIA 54.7N 167.4E 0413 03/25
UST KAHYRYUZOVO RUSSIA 57.1N 156.7E 0759 03/25

* PERSONS LOCATED IN THREATENED COASTAL AREAS SHOULD STAY ALERT
FOR INFORMATION AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FROM NATIONAL AND
LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

The full statement is reproduced below.

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0257 UTC WED MAR 25 2020

..PTWC TSUNAMI THREAT MESSAGE…

**** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE *****

THIS MESSAGE IS ISSUED FOR INFORMATION ONLY IN SUPPORT OF THE
UNESCO/IOC PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING AND MITIGATION SYSTEM AND IS
MEANT FOR NATIONAL AUTHORITIES IN EACH COUNTRY OF THAT SYSTEM.

NATIONAL AUTHORITIES WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF
ALERT FOR EACH COUNTRY AND MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL OR MORE REFINED
INFORMATION.

**** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE *****

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
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* MAGNITUDE 7.8
* ORIGIN TIME 0249 UTC MAR 25 2020
* COORDINATES 49.0 NORTH 157.7 EAST
* DEPTH 59 KM / 37 MILES
* LOCATION EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS

EVALUATION
———-

* AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.8 OCCURRED
EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS AT 0249 UTC ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
2020.

* BASED ON THE PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS… HAZARDOUS
TSUNAMI WAVES ARE POSSIBLE FOR COASTS LOCATED WITHIN 1000 KM
OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST
———————–

* HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE ARE POSSIBLE
WITHIN 1000 KM OF THE EPICENTER ALONG THE COASTS OF

RUSSIA.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
——————-

* GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THREATENED COASTAL AREAS
SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO INFORM AND INSTRUCT ANY COASTAL
POPULATIONS AT RISK IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR OWN
EVALUATION… PROCEDURES AND THE LEVEL OF THREAT.

* PERSONS LOCATED IN THREATENED COASTAL AREAS SHOULD STAY ALERT
FOR INFORMATION AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FROM NATIONAL AND
LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL
————————–

* ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL -ETA- OF THE INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE
FOR PLACES WITH A POTENTIAL TSUNAMI THREAT. 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
WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION REGION COORDINATES ETA(UTC)
————————————————————
URUP ISLAND RUSSIA 46.1N 150.5E 0345 03/25
PETROPAVLOVSK RUSSIA 53.2N 159.6E 0354 03/25
UST KAMCHATSK RUSSIA 56.1N 162.6E 0358 03/25
SEVERO KURILSK RUSSIA 50.8N 156.1E 0406 03/25
MEDNNY ISLAND RUSSIA 54.7N 167.4E 0413 03/25
UST KAHYRYUZOVO RUSSIA 57.1N 156.7E 0759 03/25

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
—————–

* A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES. THE TIME BETWEEN WAVE CRESTS
CAN VARY FROM 5 MINUTES TO AN HOUR. THE HAZARD MAY PERSIST
FOR MANY HOURS OR LONGER AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE.

* IMPACTS CAN VARY SIGNIFICANTLY FROM ONE SECTION OF COAST TO
THE NEXT DUE TO LOCAL BATHYMETRY AND THE SHAPE AND ELEVATION
OF THE SHORELINE.

* IMPACTS CAN ALSO VARY DEPENDING UPON THE STATE OF THE TIDE AT
THE TIME OF THE MAXIMUM TSUNAMI WAVES.

* PERSONS CAUGHT IN THE WATER OF A TSUNAMI MAY DROWN… BE
CRUSHED BY DEBRIS IN THE WATER… OR BE SWEPT OUT TO SEA.

NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
————————————–

* THE NEXT MESSAGE WILL BE ISSUED IN ONE HOUR… OR SOONER IF
THE SITUATION WARRANTS.

* AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE FROM THE U.S.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET AT EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV.

* FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE FOUND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV.

* COASTAL REGIONS OF HAWAII… AMERICAN SAMOA… GUAM… AND
CNMI SHOULD REFER TO PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES
SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE PLACES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV.

* COASTAL REGIONS OF CALIFORNIA… OREGON… WASHINGTON…
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD ONLY REFER TO U.S.
NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV.