MAJOR 8.3 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CHILE, TSUNAMI WATCHES TRIGGERED IN THE PACIFIC

EMERGENCY STATEMENT FOR THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS FROM THE PTWC AT 2:00 PM HST

FOR THOSE WITH INTERESTS ACROSS THE PACIFIC BASIN, PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION

TSUHWX
HIZ001>003-005>009-012>014-016>021-023>026-170225-
/O.CON.PHEB.TS.A.0002.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER   3
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
224 PM HST WED SEP 16 2015

TO - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH SUPPLEMENT

A TSUNAMI WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 1254 PM HST 16 SEP 2015
   COORDINATES - 31.5 SOUTH   72.0 WEST
   LOCATION    - NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
   MAGNITUDE   - 8.3  MOMENT

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

 GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
 -------------------  ----- ------  -----  ---------------  -----
 VALPARAISO CL        33.0S  71.6W  2350Z   1.62M /  5.3FT  40MIN
 CHANARAL CL          26.4S  70.6W  0010Z   0.67M /  2.2FT  34MIN
 JUAN FERNANDEZ       33.6S  78.8W  0008Z   0.97M /  3.2FT  08MIN
 COQUIMBO CL          30.0S  71.3W  2339Z   3.11M / 10.2FT  20MIN
 BUCALEMU CL          34.6S  72.0W  2334Z   0.46M /  1.5FT  24MIN
 CALDERA CL           27.1S  70.8W  2343Z   0.50M /  1.6FT  30MIN
 SAN ANTONIO CL       33.6S  71.6W  2358Z   0.86M /  2.8FT  18MIN
 DART 32402           26.7S  74.0W  2326Z   0.12M /  0.4FT  36MIN

 LAT  - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
 LON  - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
 TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
 AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
        IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
        VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
 PER  - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

 NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
        ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
         MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.

EVALUATION

 BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
 THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
 FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
 IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

 IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
 THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

                     0311 AM HST THU 17 SEP 2015

FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

$

BILL EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS MIDWEST TONIGHT AND TOMORROW WHILE A 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE OCCURS IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC

BREAKING NEWS: A 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED ON THE SOUTHERN MID ATLANTIC RIDGE, THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT FOR ANY LOCATION SURROUNDING THIS AREA.

Tropical Depression Bill

As Bill continues to swirl its way into Oklahoma, the rain bands extending into the Gulf of Mexico from its center are beginning to move northward as well.  The rain from this system is the biggest threat thus far for the remnants of Bill, with up to 8 inches of rain in southern Oklahoma, to several inches of rain expected to fall over a 500 mile long path across the United States over the next few days, to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, Bill has proved itself to be one large rain maker.

Okay, okay, we know that there will be large amounts of rain, but how will this affect me?  Well, as Bill dumps its remaining moisture over the US, already flooded rivers from just a few weeks ago that have not already returned to normal will pose a potentially catastrophic threat to anyone living on or near shorelines to rivers or streams. Also, in areas such as the Northeast, occasional downpours may cause flash flooding, which can take anyone by surprise.

Now that we have said how Bill may affect you, Weather 360 hopes that if you are to be impacted by any element of this storm, that you will be safe and heed all advisories, watches, and warnings set out by your local NWS (National Weather Service) office(s).

Massive, deep underwater 8.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

Overnight, almost 450 miles beneath the Earth’s surface, and 8.5 magnitude earthquake occurred. Although this is one of the largest Earthquakes in the last couple of years, due to its extreme depth, no tsunami could have been triggered.

This morning, it seems as if there is not extensive damage and no fatalities have been reported.

What triggered the earthquake?

A bit over two weeks ago, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake also shook eastern portions of Japan, due to this earthquake’s depth, intense shaking was felt on land.  Also, over the past few weeks, there has been some volcanic activity in and around Japan, possibly acting as a warning sign that a large earthquake could occur in the near future.

We’ll keep you posted on any more news from Japan over the coming days.

7.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEPAL

The overdue earthquake that rocked Nepal was measured at a massive, 7.8 magnitude earthquake. on the Richter Scale.  To put this in context, the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 (San Francisco), was only measured at 6.9, and although significantly weaker than the recent Nepal earthquake, caused mass devastation and created almost 4000 injuries.

At the moment, the Nepal earthquake death toll is close to 5000, with some foretasted estimates to be closer to the 10000 mark.  An earthquake such as this one, only occurs about every 60 to 80 years in Nepal.  The last massive earthquake Nepal  has experienced was an 8.0 magnitude in 1934.  This earthquake was basically on queue in terms of timing, and although geologists have warned for at least a decade or two that the “big one” was imminent, Nepal does not seem as prepared as it could have been.

So far, about 20 people have been found killed by avalanches on Mount Everest and the number of the missing is not currently known.

In places as far as New Delhi, India and Tibet, China, the earthquake was felt, creating a better image of just how massive and large this earthquake really was.

For information on earthquake safety and how others and you can be prepared, go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/preparedness.php

The Latest: Special Announcement, Update on Papua New Guinea, Weather 360 news, and the warm up soon for the Northeast

On this edition of our 7 PM EST post of ‘The Latest’  we will talk about the special announcement we promised we would release, an update on the 7.7 earthquake in Papua New Guinea along with the tsunami it triggered, and the warm up headed for the Northeast, specifically the NYC Metro Area, where temperatures could soar over fifteen degrees.

The Latest:  Final update of the Papua New Guinea earthquake and tsunami

The 7.7 magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale that shook up parts of Papua New Guinea yesterday has caused tens of large, over 4.0, aftershocks that have reminded locals and travelers there that earthquakes don’t just affect several seconds.  The small and local tsunami created by the initial 7.7 earthquake was measured around two meters at it’s top in Papua New Guinea according to some reports.  Earthquakes such as the 7.7 in Papua New Guinea test the different tsunami warning centers every time they occur, this makes sure that when there are larger earthquakes and tsunamis that the warning centers are able to issue correct and more accurate watches, warnings, and advisories.

The Latest:  Warm up for the winter weary NYC, Boston, and the Northeast as a whole soon!

After the brutal winter and the morning snow has moved through the Northeast, many are hoping for a mild start to April across the I-95 Corridor.  The truth is though, that although over the next week there will be more warmth and mild temperatures across the Northeast, there is the potential for some more cold to come in briefly overt the next two weeks before being purged out of the Northeast by the springtime air.  Be ready for warmer temperatures, but be aware that there may be some more cold spells in store for the Northeast.

The Latest:  Weather 360 news along with our announcement

What Weather 360 would like to say is that our Hurricane Season 2015 cyclone prediction will be released BEFORE June 1st, meaning, with all the combined information from other organizations (ex: Colorado and NHC) along with several other different sources, Weather 360 will provide an official Hurricane Season 2015 cyclone preliminary prediction (number of cyclones only, ex: named, hurricanes, major hurricanes.)

Until then, stay safe!