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An 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the Samoa Islands region this morning has prompted officials to issue a tsunami advisory for a broad swath of the Pacific Ocean, including the coastal areas of California and Oregon from the California-Mexico border to the Oregon-Washington border.

Officials said the advisory means that a tsunami could produce strong current or waves that could be dangerous to people in the water or boaters, but would not cause any significant inundation.

"We want people at this point to stay off the beach," said Curtis Landers, the Lincoln County Emergency Manager. The tsunami is expected to hit Newport at about 9:48 p.m., but Landis said that time could vary. "I wouldn’t go on the beach any time after 9 p.m.," he said.

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The tsunami will coincide with high tide and could raise it by as much as two feet, Landers said.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office said no significant coastal flooding is expected but areas could experience dangerous currents and surges in harbors and bays from 9:30 to 10 p.m.

"In an excess of caution, the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies will be in the area conducting a light patrol of the area to encourage people to stay away from the beaches," said Lane County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Amber Fossen.

Seaside city officials also plan to ask police to warn people to stay off the beaches.

"It's definitely no worse than the 30 foot waves we get in the winter," said Trish Downey, Seaside public information officer. "But it is still advisable to stay off the beach during that time."
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Officials said the wave generated by the earthquake could produce a wave as large as 25 inches near Crescent City, Calif.,; about nine inches at Seaside; and about six inches at Newport. Officials said the tsunami is expected to reach Newport at around 9:52 p.m. PDT, and Seaside at 10:05 p.m. PDT. High tide in Newport will occur at 9:53 p.m. PDT.

-- Stuart Tomlinson; Lori Tobias contributed to this report.
Deadly tsunami in Pacific islands
A tsunami triggered by a strong quake in the South Pacific has killed at least 28 people in Samoa, say reports.

Samoa's delegate to the US Congress, Eni Faleomavaega, told AFP thousands of people had been left homeless.

Dr Lemalu Fiu, at a hospital in the Samoan capital, Apia, said the number of casualties was expected to rise as people arrived from coastal areas.

An 8.3-magnitude quake struck at 1748 GMT, generating 15ft (4.5m) waves in some areas of Samoa and American Samoa.

The Samoa islands comprise two separate entities - the nation of Samoa and American Samoa, a US territory - with a total population of about 250,000 people.

A tsunami warning was issued, but it has now been cancelled.

"Some of the areas there are only a few feet above sea level, so you can imagine the devastation," said Mr Faleomavaega.

"It caused severe damage to property, there are cars floating everywhere."

The Red Cross said at least 28 people had been killed in the region, reported AFP - 14 each in Samoa and American Samoa.

Talutala Mauala, Secretary General of the Red Cross in Samoa, said she was travelling to the country's south coast, where injuries had also been reported.

"We won't know the full extent of the damage until we get there and see for ourselves," she said.

Ms Mauala said it could take many months for people to rebuild their homes.

An Associated Press reporter said he had seen "bodies everywhere" in the main hospital in Lalomanu, on Samoa's main island of Upolu, including at least one child.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency has reported that three South Koreans were among the dead and one is still missing.

Beaches gone

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said the quake struck at a depth of 33km (20 miles) some 190km from Apia. Waves of 5.1ft (1.57m) hit Apia and Pago Pago, American Samoa.


“ The water was swirling like a spa pool outwards [towards] the rim of the lagoon and in a few seconds the water sunk ”
Ula Osasa-Mano Eyewitness

Radio New Zealand quoted Samoan residents as saying that villages were inundated and homes and cars swept away.

"I can confirm there is damage, I can confirm there are deaths and I can confirm there are casualties," a Western Samoa police spokeswoman told Reuters.

"I cannot say any more at the moment."

Samoalive News said local radio stations had been receiving reports of high sea swells hitting coastal areas on the eastern and southern side of Upolu island

"School has been called off for the day with tsunami warnings calling for people to head to higher grounds," the website said.

Witnesses have reported scenes of destruction.

"It's horrible... The village is gone and my once beautiful beach front villa has now been submerged in water," Josh Nayangu told the BBC after fleeing the area on a small fishing boat with his wife and son.

Ula Osasa-Mano, who was visiting family on the island, told the BBC the water along the Apia seawall was turbulent.

"The water was kind of swirling like a spa pool outwards [towards] the rim of the lagoon and in a few seconds the water sunk," Ula Osasa-Mano said.

General alert


The PTWC - a branch of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - issued a general alert for the South Pacific region.

Stuart Weinstein, the deputy director of the PTWC, told the BBC that the agency was monitoring the situation, but said the wave was expected to be "much smaller" than the 2004 Asian tsunami which killed about 230,000 people in 11 countries.

Mr Weinstein said Tuesday's quake had only had 3% of the energy generated by the 2004 quake.

He said he expected the quake to be destructive in the areas closest to the epicentre, but said it "remains to be seen" how far any devastation would spread.

By 2200 GMT, the tsunami warning had been cancelled.


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Published: 2009/09/29 23:50:17 GMT

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Quote:Indonesia quake deaths pass 1,000
At least 1,100 people have died in the earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

John Holmes said many hundreds more had been injured, and both figures were set to rise further.

Rescuers are working into the night to find survivors in the rubble of hundreds of collapsed buildings.

The 7.6-magnitude quake struck close to the city of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province.

The earthquake brought down hospitals, schools and shopping malls, cut power lines and triggered landslides.


AT THE SCENE
Karishma Vaswani, BBC News, Padang
As every hour passes, the scale of this disaster becomes all too clear. Dozens of homes and office buildings have collapsed. A restaurant frequented by college students is now a pile of rubble. Officials say at least 60 people are trapped underneath.

Scenes like this are repeated all across Padang. Rescue efforts have been hampered by poor communication lines and bad roads.

The first flights carrying food and aid arrived this morning but it's nowhere near enough. Hospitals in Padang have been severely damaged in this disaster.

People are being treated in makeshift tents. There are still many parts of the city that rescue workers haven't been able to reach which is raising fears the number of dead will almost certainly rise.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited some of the worst-hit areas.

"I ask rescue workers to continue working in teams with clear goals to keep looking for survivors...," he said.

"This is a natural disaster, so let us remain strong in dealing with it."

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, said he was "deeply moved" by the suffering caused by the quake.

"Indonesia is an extraordinary country who has known extraordinary hardships from natural disasters. I know that the Indonesian people are strong and resilient and have the heart to overcome this challenge," he said.

UN appeal?

UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters: "The latest figures we have suggest the death toll has risen already to 1,100.

"Obviously [there are] many hundreds of injured people as well, and again these numbers, I fear, will rise as more information becomes available."

An assessment team is to arrive in Padang on Friday, and UN officials will decide whether to launch an emergency appeal or take money from the organisation's Central Emergency Relief Fund, Mr Holmes added.

Indonesian health officials have already predicted thousands of deaths, comparing the quake to one in the Javan city of Yogyakarta in 2006.

A second quake of 6.8 struck close to Padang at 0852 local time (0152 GMT) on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.


The first earthquake struck at 1716 local time (1016 GMT) on Wednesday, some 85km (55 miles) under the sea, north-west of Padang, the US Geological Survey said.

One of the worst disasters appeared to be the collapse of a school in Padang.

One mother, Andriana, told AFP news agency she had been at the school since the first quake occurred, hoping for news of her 14-year-old daughter.

"I haven't been home yet and keep praying to God my daughter is alive."

Police said nine children had been found alive but that eight bodies had also been pulled from the rubble so far.

Rescuers and medical workers are struggling to cope with the amount of destruction and the sheer number of victims.

Titi Moektijasih, of the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told AFP that emergency efforts so far were insufficient.


PADANG: KEY FACTS

•Population of 900,000, capital of West Sumatra province
•On coastal plain, surrounded by mountains inland
•Lies on one of world's most active fault lines
•Near major quake epicentres in March 2007 and April 2005

"Compared to the extent of the damage, you see there should be more equipment, more people to do this."

David Lange, a doctor with Surfaid International, told the BBC one of the hospitals was "completely destroyed" and medical workers were struggling to cope.

"They are trying to operate in the parking lot, in a tent, in the mud."

Bob McKerrow, Red Cross head of operations in Indonesia, told the BBC it had more than 400 personnel on the ground, including 50 doctors flown in on Thursday morning.

"But it's just such a vast area to be working in with such bad infrastructure," he said. "I mean the roads and bridges have all been damaged, so [there is] a challenge ahead of us."

The quake brought down telephone lines, severely affecting communications with the region and making it difficult to assess the scale of the damage. Power has now been restored to some parts of Padang.

Health ministry teams and Indonesian soldiers have arrived in the city to aid the search for survivors. A shortage of heavy machinery remains a problem.


MAJOR INDONESIAN QUAKES

•26 Dec 2004: Asian tsunami kills 170,000 in Indonesia alone
•28 March 2005: About 1,300 killed after a magnitude 8.7 quake hits the coast of Sumatra
•27 May 2006: Quake hits ancient city of Yogyakarta, killing 5,000
•17 July 2006: A tsunami after a 7.7 magnitude quake in West Java province kills 550 people
•30 Sept 2009: 7.6 magnitude quake near Sumatran city of Padang, thousands feared dead
•1 Oct 2009: Second of two quakes near Padang, magnitude 6.8 - no damage or casualties reported

Food, medicine and body bags have begun to arrive. Tents and blankets are also on their way.

Wednesday's quake struck about 600km north-west of Padang, along the same fault line that spawned the 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Geologists have long warned that Padang - a city of 900,000 people - could one day be completely destroyed by an earthquake because of its location.

The earthquake struck nearly 12 hours after a powerful quake in the South Pacific that triggered a devastating tsunami but experts said the two events were unrelated.

"They were 10,000km (6,200 miles) apart," New Zealand seismologist Bill Fry told AFP news agency.

"You can get quakes that are close temporally and spatially as one transfers stress to another place against the fault, but that's not possible this far apart."

Australia is among the countries that have offered to send emergency assistance to Indonesia if needed.


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Published: 2009/10/01 20:00:18 GMT

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Global numbness Wook....

The world is getting used to natural disasters, especially in that area of Indonesia.

Here I sit in my nice warm home far away from the misery and sufferring,
and that is good for me.

But I also sit on the Red Zone here in coastal bayfront Bellingham,
where
if I were in anything above a 6.5,
this house would be toast on the clay layer over laying the deep wet sand
which vibrates like Jello in an EQ.

Seattle is well overdue for the Big One.
Everybody in Seattle knows it is coming, just a matter of when.
The Big One down there will completely level the Seattle port
and most of downtown Seattle.

Then we will be on the Indonesian and American Samoan news,
with film clips of Bellingham Bay swallowing up landsliding cliffsides of wet sand.
I remember the work I did on Mt. Baker about 1974 on the Coal Beds
several geologists mention Baker could be unstable
Dunno
been So long since I have read those reports.

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Mount Baker

Mount Baker and Boulder Glacier from the southeast
Elevation 10,781 feet (3,286 m) [1]
Location Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Range Cascade Range [2]
Prominence 8,812 feet (2,686 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°46?38?N 121°48?48?W? / ?48.7773426°N 121.8132008°W? / 48.7773426; -121.8132008Coordinates: 48°46?38?N 121°48?48?W? / ?48.7773426°N 121.8132008°W? / 48.7773426; -121.8132008 [3]
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The south side of Mount Baker in 2001. Sherman Crater is the deep depression south of the summit.Mount Baker, or Koma Kulshan, is an active[9] glaciated andesitic stratovolcano [4] in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington State in the United States. It is the second-most active volcano in the range after Mount Saint Helens. It is about 31 miles (50 km) [10] due east of the city of Bellingham, Whatcom County, making it the northernmost volcano in the Cascade Range but not the northernmost of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, which extends north into the Coast Mountains. Mount Baker is the youngest volcano in the Mount Baker volcanic field.[5] While volcanism has persisted here for some 1.5 million years, the current glaciated cone is likely no more than 140,000 years old, and possibly no older than 80-90,000 years. Older volcanic edifices have mostly eroded away due to glaciation

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Surfer survived Samoa tsunami by riding out the waves
Chris Nel, from New Zealand, who was surfing off the coast of Samoa when the tsunami hit, tells of his lucky escape


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Quote:Officials said the wave generated by the earthquake could produce a wave as large as 25 inches near Crescent City, Calif.,; about nine inches at Seaside; and about six inches at Newport. Officials said the tsunami is expected to reach Newport at around 9:52 p.m. PDT, and Seaside at 10:05 p.m. PDT. High tide in Newport will occur at 9:53 p.m. PDT.

-- Stuart Tomlinson; Lori Tobias contributed to this report.

INCHES ??? Is this a mis-print ?????? Surely they can't be serious in issuing a warning about a 2-foot high wave ?????

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Quote:[quote author="Wook"]Officials said the wave generated by the earthquake could produce a wave as large as 25 inches near Crescent City, Calif.,; about nine inches at Seaside; and about six inches at Newport. Officials said the tsunami is expected to reach Newport at around 9:52 p.m. PDT, and Seaside at 10:05 p.m. PDT. High tide in Newport will occur at 9:53 p.m. PDT.

-- Stuart Tomlinson; Lori Tobias contributed to this report.

INCHES ??? Is this a mis-print ?????? Surely they can't be serious in issuing a warning about a 2-foot high wave ?????

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Thats rediculous, tsunami waves are rather long. They would raise the water level for that and thats it. Well its fine about giving people notice about couple foot higher then normal water. I think they should more issue flood warnings not tsunami warnings as all this could do is flood low lying areas and thats it.
I hear that small amount of additional water from tsunamis can make the stuff that already sucks people out to sea more treacherous. Not a bright day to be on the beach exactly. Nothing like hearing one of those coastal "bride sucked out to sea on wedding day" stories.
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The earthquake that struck Sumatra three days ago is likely to be followed by an even larger tremor that could cause a tsunami as devastating as the one that hit Indonesia in 2004, according to a leading seismologist.

Professor Kerry Sieh, director of the Earth Observatory at Singapore’s Nanyang University, says earthquakes measured at 8.4 and 7.8 which hit southern Sumatra in September 2007 marked the beginning of a cycle of tremors that starts roughly every 200 years

“This is 100 times smaller than the big one,” Prof Sieh said by telephone from Padang, where he was monitoring the aftershocks from Wednesday’s earthquake, estimated by the US Geological Survey at 7.6 on the scale used by modern seismologists.

“My timing has not changed as a result of this quake. This is not the big one, but we don’t know when that will happen – it could be in 30 seconds or 30 years,” he said.

Prof Sieh said there had been 30 or more earthquakes of magnitude six or greater in Sumatra or the adjacent seas in the last 10 years, including the devastating quake measured at 9.1 on Boxing Day 2004.

These tremors had released more pent up energy from below the earth’s surface than anywhere else in the world over the decade, marking the start of a “failure sequence,” comparable to watching an aircraft falling apart in mid-air, that would inevitably culminate eventually in a much bigger tremor, he said.

Records going back to 1300 suggested that there had been three such failure sequences in the seas around Sumatra, the last of which began 210 years ago. However, it was impossible to forecast how long the series of quakes would last before calm returned.

Prof Sieh said there was no tsunami on Wednesday because tidal waves accompanied earthquakes only when a subsea fault was so close to the sea floor that it was suddenly deformed and the displaced water rushed on to land.

The Padang earthquake did not trigger a tsunami because it originated about 80 kilometres below the sea floor. By comparison, the ruptures that caused the Sumatran earthquakes in 2004, 2005 and 2007 were within 30 kilometres of the sea floor.

Prof Sieh said in a technical explanation of Wednesday’s quake posted on the Earth Observatory’s website that most earthquakes off Sumatra occurred as a result of collisions between undersea tectonic plates – large slabs of the earth’s crust that move slowly under earth’s surface
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