11 Mar 2011

Tsunami arrival estimates for Pacific Islands

10:08 pm on 11 March 2011

A widespread tsunami warning is in effect for the Northern Marianas, Guam, Wake Is, Taiwan, Yap, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Midway Is, Taiwan, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Johnston Is, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Howland-Baker, Hawaii, Tuvalu, Palmyra Is, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Niue, Australia, Fiji, Wallis Futuna, Samoa, American Samoa, New Caledonia, Tonga, Kermadec Is, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Easter Island (Chile) and Pitcairn Island.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says 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.

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 to the next can be five minutes to an hour and the threat can continue for many hours as multiple waves arrive.

In its fourth warning issued, the Pacific Tusnami Warning Centre has issued the following tsunami arrival estimates for Pacific Islands:

Northern Marianas: 0901 UTC

Guam: 0917 UTC

Yap: 0952 UTC

Marshall Islands (Enewetak): 1021 UTC

Palau: 1030 UTC

Pohnpei: 1036 UTC

Chuuk: 1041 UTC

Manokwari: 1125 UTC

Jayapura: 1142 UTC

Papua New Guinea (Kavieng): 1132 UTC

Nauru: 1157 UTC

Solomon Islands (Panggoe): 1228 UTC

Kiribati (Tarawa): 1236 UTC

Hawaii: 1307 UTC

Tuvalu: 1338 UTC

Vanuatu (Esperitu Santo): 1416 UTC

Tokelau: 1417 UTC

Wallis-Futuna: 1435 UTC

Samoa: 1453 UTC

American Samoa: 1500 UTC

Cook Islands: 1500 UTC

Niue: 1535 UTC

Australia (Cairns): 1535 UTC

Fiji: 1537 UTC

New Caledonia: 1538 UTC

Tonga: 1605 UTC

Kermadec Is: 1656 UTC

French Polynesia (Papeete): 1714 UTC

New Zealand (North Cape): 1723 UTC

Pitcairn Island: 2008 UTC

Easter Islands: 2303 UTC