He said communications with the area in central Sulawesi were down and the search-and-rescue effort was being hampered by darkness.Onlookers captured the moment the tsunami hit on camera, and the brutal footage shows the incredible force of the wave as it crashes and tears through buildings, submerging entire structures and sending people screaming and running. She said the tsunami warning triggered by the biggest quake, in place for about half an hour, was lifted after the tsunami was over.Sutopo Purow Nugroho, a National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman, said communications with the earthquake-stricken region were disrupted.United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said United Nations officials were in contact with Indonesian authorities and "stand ready to provide support as required".Authorities received information that Palu had been hit, said Dwikorita Karnawati, who heads Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency, BMKG, amid a rapid series of aftershocks. At least one … [Read more...] about Families reported missing and homes swept away as powerful tsunami hits Indonesia
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ASTONISHING photos of tsunamis show seemingly gentle walls of water brushing shorelines. But footage from history's most horrific disasters show the waves attacking harbours,before destroying all forms of life in its path. Here's what we know... What is a tsunami? A tsunami, also called a seismic wave, is a series of waves caused by the movement of a large body of water. The term tsunami means 'big wave in the port' in Japanese - and it was coined by fishermen after they returned to shore to find their villages devastated by a giant wave they had not seen at sea. The killer waves can sometimes only be 30cm above the water surface when in the open ocean, so go unnoticed by sailors. But as it reaches shallower waters, the wave is slowed and the top of the wave moves faster than the bottom, causing the sea to dramatically rise Tsunamis can cause the sea levels to rise by as much as 30 metres, although they usually cause a rise averaging three metres. The enormous energy of a tsunami can … [Read more...] about What is a tsunami, how are the waves formed and which countries are affected the most?
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A third-party vendor is being blamed for a mistaken tsunami alert broadcast on Alaska TV and radio stations last month.Dennis Bookey, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee, said this and similar incidents suggest the format of the National Weather Service’s internal testing system for tsunamis should be reviewed.Bookey’s comments came in a written account dated 10 days after the errant alert was broadcast May 11. It was provided this week to the Associated Press by Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for Alaska’s emergency management division.Zidek said improvements are being made to the Emergency Alert System, and in this case, updated codes were not recognized.According to Bookey, the vendor’s weather processing server failed to recognize the tsunami warning as a test. He said in an interview Tuesday the software coding issue was corrected after it was discovered.The system is complex, but not perfect, he said. And … [Read more...] about Vendor blamed for mistaken tsunami alert broadcast in Alaska
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ONE of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in years struck off the coast of Honduras this afternoon, shaking the mainland and sparking tsunami fears.Tsunami fears were cancelled about an hour after they were issued and there have been no reports of serious damage or deaths.The depth of the quake was 10km which would have amplified its effect. It was initially recorded as a 7.8 magnitude, but then downgraded to 7.6 by USGS.BREAKING: USGS: Powerful preliminary magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes between Honduras and Cuba. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warns that tsunami waves are possible in the region. pic.twitter.com/I8BUxtmzB0— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 10, 2018 The tsunami advisory was in effect for Puerto Rico and the US. Virgin Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.The quake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa about 520km to the east, but no damage was immediately reported. It was also lightly felt in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo … [Read more...] about Major quake sparks tsunami fears in the Caribbean