TSUNAMI Watch For Panama (Aug 16, 2007)

It looks like Panama dodged a potential bullet. A huge earthquake in Peru put Panama on a Tsunami watch. Since a Tsunami usually occurs within hours of the quake, I guess I don´t need to worry. I was starting to wonder if I needed to drive up to Boquete.

This was a bulletin from the National weather service:

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 0019Z 16 AUG 2007

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

A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT …

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PERU / CHILE / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

PANAMA / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / GUATEMALA / EL SALVADOR / MEXICO / HONDURAS

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN… IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

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 – 2341Z 15 AUG 2007
COORDINATES – 13.5 SOUTH 76.7 WEST
DEPTH – SHALLOWER THAN 100 KM
LOCATION – NEAR COAST OF PERU
MAGNITUDE – 7.9

EVALUATION

IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS WARNING IS BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN STRIKE COASTLINES NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES AND MORE DISTANT COASTLINES WITHIN HOURS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA FROM GAUGES NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE TO DETERMINE IF A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND ESTIMATE THE SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

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
——————————– ———— ————
PERU SAN JUAN 15.3S 75.2W 0023Z 16 AUG
LA PUNTA 12.1S 77.2W 0029Z 16 AUG
MOLLENDO 17.2S 72.0W 0053Z 16 AUG
TALARA 4.6S 81.5W 0117Z 16 AUG
CHIMBOTE 9.0S 78.8W 0125Z 16 AUG
PIMENTAL 6.9S 80.0W 0155Z 16 AUG
CHILE ARICA 18.5S 70.5W 0109Z 16 AUG
IQUIQUE 20.2S 70.2W 0112Z 16 AUG
ANTOFAGASTA 23.5S 70.5W 0130Z 16 AUG
CALDERA 27.0S 71.0W 0152Z 16 AUG
COQUIMBO 30.0S 71.5W 0220Z 16 AUG
VALPARAISO 33.0S 71.8W 0244Z 16 AUG
TALCAHUANO 36.8S 73.2W 0327Z 16 AUG
CORRAL 39.8S 73.5W 0403Z 16 AUG
EASTER IS. 27.1S 109.4W 0455Z 16 AUG
GOLFO DE PENAS 47.1S 74.9W 0519Z 16 AUG
PUERTO MONTT 41.8S 73.0W 0533Z 16 AUG
ECUADOR LA LIBERTAD 2.2S 81.2W 0142Z 16 AUG
ESMERELDAS 1.2N 79.8W 0232Z 16 AUG
BALTRA IS. 0.5S 90.5W 0311Z 16 AUG
COLOMBIA TUMACO 1.8N 79.0W 0246Z 16 AUG
BAHIA SOLANO 6.3N 77.4W 0319Z 16 AUG
BUENAVENTURA 3.8N 77.2W 0323Z 16 AUG
PANAMA PUERTO PINA 7.2N 78.0W 0327Z 16 AUG
PUNTA MALA 7.5N 79.8W 0331Z 16 AUG
PUNTA BURICA 8.0N 82.8W 0337Z 16 AUG
BALBOA HTS. 8.8N 79.5W 0442Z 16 AUG
COSTA RICA CABO MATAPALO 8.4N 83.3W 0341Z 16 AUG
PUERTO QUEPOS 9.2N 84.2W 0407Z 16 AUG
CABO SAN ELENA 10.9N 86.0W 0428Z 16 AUG
NICARAGUA SAN JUAN DL SUR 11.2N 85.9W 0445Z 16 AUG
PUERTO SANDINO 12.2N 87.0W 0500Z 16 AUG
CORINTO 12.5N 87.2W 0503Z 16 AUG
GUATEMALA SIPICATE 13.8N 91.2W 0514Z 16 AUG
EL SALVADOR ACAJUTLA 13.6N 89.8W 0517Z 16 AUG
MEXICO PUERTO MADERO 14.8N 92.5W 0541Z 16 AUG
ACAPULCO 16.8N 100.0W 0604Z 16 AUG
HONDURAS AMAPALA 13.2N 87.6W 0542Z 16 AUG

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