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Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off of Sulangan, Philippine Is - 8/31/2012 2:37:05 PM   
nashvillen


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Significant earthquake with tsunami potential occurred a few hours ago. This is just east of Baybay (reference for us WITP:AE folks).

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000cc5m#summary

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RE: Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off of Sulangan, Philippin... - 8/31/2012 4:32:08 PM   
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Tsunami warning cancelled. This is a good thing. Lots of 4.8-5.4 range aftershocks, but the depth (33km) of the initial incident is helpful in this case.

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RE: Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off of Sulangan, Philippin... - 8/31/2012 4:36:45 PM   
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Reading on the site you linked to (neat site, BTW) indicated that the maximum amplitude of the generated tsunami was 0.1 m anyways. Must have been the depth of the quake and the nature of the fault slippage.

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RE: Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off of Sulangan, Philippin... - 8/31/2012 4:55:20 PM   
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Yes, the depth and the subduction moving down instead of pushing up (like the Sumatra tsunami) played great rolls in keeping this event to a 10cm wave.

Also, Google Earth and the USGS have a great way to keep track of the location of these quakes.

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RE: Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off of Sulangan, Philippin... - 9/1/2012 1:29:27 AM   
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My wife, who is a Filipina, called her family upon hearing the news. Luckily for her, all her family are safe.

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