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east of the Kuril Islands, Russia
2009/01/15 17:49:39 (UTC)
Preliminary Magnitude: 7.5
Latitude: 46.9 Longitude: 155.2
Location: east of the Kuril Islands, Russia
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December 26 2008 03:15:23

In Memoriam December, 26 2004

December 26, marks the fourth anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami that claimed the lives of close to a quarter of a million people across 12 countries. Without a doubt, the Indian Ocean tsunami is one of the worst natural disasters in modern history.

Please take a moment to remember the people that perished in this terrible event. Please also remember the families and friends who lost loved ones on that terrible day.

Chris Valentine's tsunami memorial "and Gaia shuddered" can be viewed by clicking here

December 19 2008 23:25:22
WCATWC Product Change Effective February 12, 2008

WCATWC product definitions have changed to better align with other National Weather Service products and to provide more specific information regarding tsunami threat. The main change is to the Tsunami Advisory. Previously, a Tsunami Advisory indicated that a Tsunami Warning or Watch had been issued for another section of the ocean coast. As of February 12 2008, WCATWC Tsunami Advisories will be considered a low-level tsunami threat and indicate that a moderate tsunami impact is possible. No significant inundation is expected for areas under advisory, but strong currents dangerous to those in or very near the ocean are possible.

Further information on WCATWC products is provided at wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/Products/msgdefs.htm. The NWS Service Change Notice explaining the change can be viewed at www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notification/scn07-51ccatsunami.txt.

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