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2005-12-13 04:12:55

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A 6.8 magnitude undersea earthquake rocked outlying Fiji islands on Tuesday, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to warn of a possible local tsunami in the southwest Pacific nation. However Fiji radio said there were no reports of damage or a tsunami by late Tuesday. A spokesman for Geoscience Australia said the shallow quake was recorded about 250 km (155 miles) north of the Fiji island of Vanua Levu at 0316 GMT. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami...

2005-12-12 22:09:22

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A tsunami could endanger a million or more people along California's coast and cripple Pacific ports, according to a report released on Monday that highlights weaknesses in U.S. preparations for a killer wave. The study by the California Seismic Safety Commission found flaws in the tsunami warning system, incomplete and underfunded local evacuation plans and building codes that have not been updated to protect occupants from the power of tidal surge. Over 80...

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2005-12-12 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- Tsunami waves generated by a large offshore earthquake would threaten at least 1 million coastal residents in California and inundate the nation's largest port complex, according to a new report. The bleak study being released Monday found gaps in the state's readiness to handle a tsunami, including flaws in the existing warning system, lack of evacuation plans by coastal communities, and building codes that don't take into account tsunami-strength surges. In addition, many...

2005-09-10 10:37:47

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Efforts to assess the impact of a large earthquake deep under the sea in a remote region of Papua New Guinea were hindered on Saturday by a lack of communication with local villages, emergency officials said. Friday's quake, measuring 7.3 in magnitude shook, parts of New Britain and New Ireland provinces but there were no immediate reports of damage. "We do not believe there was much damage to villages or any loss of life, but we are still trying to contact our...

2005-09-09 07:24:23

SYDNEY, Sept 9 - A major earthquake measuring 7.3 in magnitude shook parts of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami was unlikely, officials said. However, efforts to contact residents in remote areas near the quake were being hindered by poor communication lines, a spokesman for Papua New Guinea's National Disaster and Emergency Services said. "At this stage we are still trying to get information from the...

2005-09-09 04:55:31

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major earthquake measuring 7.3 in magnitude shook parts of Papua New Guinea on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami was unlikely, officials said. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 0735 GMT, was off the east coast of New Britain, about 130 km (81 miles) east-southeast of Rabaul, the Hong Kong Observatory said. "No damage has been reported at this point in time to the U.S. Geological Survey," U.S. Geological Survey...

2005-07-24 15:00:34

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, devastated by last year's tsunami, were shaken by a strong quake on Sunday but officials said there was no danger of new killer waves hitting the Indian Ocean archipelago. Thailand exercised caution and declared a tsunami alert but canceled it less than 90 minutes later, while Indian officials said there was no danger of a huge wave like the one that hit last December. "There is no tsunami warning from the Indian side,"...

2005-07-24 12:42:48

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - India's Andaman and Nicobar islands are not in danger of a tsunami after an earthquake hit the area on Sunday, the island chain's top federal administrator said. "We have got reports from all inhabited islands through the police and there has been no casualties or damage," federal top administrator Ram Kapse told Reuters. "There has been no tsunami alert." The U.S. Geological Survey earlier said the quake measuring 7.0 struck at 1542 GMT. It said the danger of...

2005-07-13 12:00:00

LONDON -- The earthquake that triggered December's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami caused a 1,000 km (620 mile) rupture in the sea floor, scientists said on Wednesday. Using data from 60 Global Positioning System monitoring sites in southeast Asia, scientists at ENS/CNRS research institute in Paris calculated the unprecedented scale of the quake. "We show that the rupture plane for this earthquake must have been at least 1,000 kilometers long," said Christophe Vigny who headed the research...

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2005-06-17 06:35:11

CANBERRA (Reuters) -- Scientists are convinced another giant tsunami will one day sweep across the Indian Ocean -- what they are not sure about is when. Almost six months after the deadly Dec. 26 tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.15 earthquake, scientists are keeping a close eye on aftershocks and the increased earthquake activity around Indonesia as they try to work out when the next big one will hit. "It could happen any time, it could take another 20 to 50 years, or another 200 years,"...