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Flash Update #5 - SINAPROC DIRECTOR WRONG - WARNING TSUNAMI WARNING REISSUED FOR PANAMA

EarthquakesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Director of Panama's SINAPROC is incorrect. The National Weather Service, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center just issued and update, and the TSUNAMI WARNING FOR PANAMA remains in effect. The ETA remains about the same, 8:30+ am local. I'm going to publish this, and then add the text of the most recent alert below... Also, notice that the ETA for the first location in Panama is 8:30 am. However the ETA for "Balboa Heights" (Panama City) is 14:57 zulu or 9:57 am local.

  • TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 007
  • PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
  • ISSUED AT 1249Z 27 FEB 2010 (7:49 am local Panama)

  • THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

  • ... A WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...

  • A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

  • CHILE / PERU / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / ANTARCTICA / PANAMA / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / ITCAIRN / HONDURAS / EL SALVADOR / GUATEMALA / FR. POLYNESIA / MEXICO / COOK ISLANDS / IRIBATI / KERMADEC IS / NIUE / NEW ZEALAND / TONGA / AMERICAN SAMOA / SAMOA / JARVIS IS. / WALLIS-FUTUNA / TOKELAU / FIJI / AUSTRALIA / HAWAII / PALMYRA IS. / TUVALU / VANUATU / HOWLAND-BAKER / NEW CALEDONIA / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / MARSHALL IS. / MIDWAY IS. / KOSRAE / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / POHNPEI / WAKE IS. / CHUUK / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / INDONESIA / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / YAP / BELAU / JAPAN / PHILIPPINES / CHINESE TAIPEI

  • THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

  • AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

  • ORIGIN TIME - 0634Z 27 FEB 2010
  • COORDINATES - 36.1 SOUTH 72.6 WEST
  • DEPTH - 55 KM
  • LOCATION - NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
  • MAGNITUDE - 8.8

  • EVALUATION

  • SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

  • A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.

  • 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 AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. 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 SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

  • LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
  • PANAMA PUERTO PINA 7.4N 78.1W 1331Z 27 FEB
  • PUNTA MALA 7.5N 79.9W 1334Z 27 FEB
  • PUNTA BURICA 8.0N 82.8W 1340Z 27 FEB
  • BALBOA HTS. 9.0N 79.6W 1457Z 27 FEB

  • BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

  • THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.
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    Flash Update #5 - SINAPROC DIRECTOR WRONG - WARNING TSUNAMI WARNING REISSUED FOR PANAMA | 2 comments | Create New Account
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    SINAPROC DIRECTOR WRONG - WARNING TSUNAMI WARNING REISSUED FOR PANAMA
    Authored by: ldfalco on Saturday, February 27 2010 @ 01:54 PM UTC

    Don, how much will the pacific coast of Panama be affected by a tsunami emanating from Chile considering that Peru, Ecuador & Colombia jut out to Panama's west, essentially blocking a direct "wave" from Chile?

    Flash Update #5 - SINAPROC DIRECTOR WRONG - WARNING TSUNAMI WARNING REISSUED FOR PANAMA
    Authored by: Don Winner on Saturday, February 27 2010 @ 02:46 PM UTC

    No idea. But if you drop a brick into a pool with irregularly shaped sides, the "wave" will eventually hit all parts of the side of the pool, right?

    In fact, I have no idea. The only thing I'm doing is broadcasting the warnings being issued by the experts. But, since it's low tide here, common sense tells me this will be a non-event. However, tidal waves are notorious for defying common sense. Better safe than sorry.