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01 Jan 2016 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 301 NM SOUTHWEST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 12 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTS AN EMBEDDED CENTER FEATURE THAT HAS EVOLVED INTO A WEAK EYE FEATURE. THE CURRENT POSITION IS PLACED WITH GOOD CONFIDENCE BASED ON TIGHTLY CURVED BANDING SEEN IN A 011718Z SSMIS 91GHZ MICROWAVE IMAGE. THE CURRENT INTENSITY HAS DROPPED TO 75 KNOTS BASED ON CURRENT INTENSITY ESTIMATES OF T4.5 (77 KNOTS) FROM PGTW AND KNES.

01 Jan 2016 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 190 NM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 12 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED MULTISPECTRAL SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTS A SLIGHTLY ELONGATED CENTRAL DENSE OVERCAST FEATURE OBSCURING THE LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER. THE CURRENT POSITION IS PLACED WITH FAIR CONFIDENCE BASED ON LOW REFLECTIVITY BANDING SEEN IN A 010623Z SSMIS 91GHZ MICROWAVE IMAGE AND IS SUPPORTED BY AGENCY SATELLITE FIXES.

31 Dec 2015 description

[JTWC] Summary: TROPICAL CYCLONE 06P (ULA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 118 NM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF PAGO PAGO, HAS TRACKED SOUTHWESTWARD AT 05 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE CURRENT POSITION IS BASED ON SATELLITE FIXES FROM PGTW AND KNES, WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE. THE INTENSITY OF 90 KNOTS IS CONSISTENT WITH DVORAK T-NUMBER ESTIMATES FROM PGTW AND KNES. TC 06P HAS RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS, SUPPORTED BY LOW VERTICAL WIND SHEAR, STRONG POLEWARD OUTFLOW ALOFT, AND PASSAGE OVER VERY WARM WATER.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

31 Dec 2015 description

PDC is closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ula as it approaches Vava’u, Tonga. Attached are three situational awareness products depicting Estimated Tropical Cyclone Wind Impacts, Rainfall, and Wind Radii for this event, which are also available as layers in DisasterAWARE. If you would like to view these models in real time in DisasterAWARE, please access the Hazard event through the link below and expand the “Default Layers” folder in the product list. You may also search “TAOS” or “Radii” in the “Layers” palette.

07 Oct 2009 description
report Government of Tonga

From the Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, October 7, 2009: The 8.3 Earthquake that rocked the Independent State of Samoa, American Samoa and also Tonga, which then triggered the tsunami that completely destroyed whole villages in these three Pacific countries, has left behind 190 deaths and thousands of islanders homeless. Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America have promptly responded with assistance in money and in kind.

02 Oct 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Olesya Dmitracova

LONDON (AlertNet) - Their remoteness had made a cluster of islands in the South Pacific the perfect spot to escape to on holiday but when a disaster struck, it became a major problem for aid agencies trying to reach the survivors.

Three days after four tsunamis hit Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, many aid agencies still struggled to deliver emergency aid to the islands, the biggest of which - Samoa - is located over 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from the nearest continent of Australia.

"It is certainly very difficult because there is little in the way …

02 Oct 2009 description

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off Tonga and Samoa, two days after a tsunami devastated the region and killed nearly 150 people.

No immediate tsunami alert has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and reports from Nuku'alofa and Apia suggest the aftershock passed largely unnoticed in the two capital cities.

Relief effort

Foreign assistance is starting to reach Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa, as the clean up after Tuesday's tsunami gathers pace.

Samoa has been declared a disaster zone, after it bore the brunt of the giant waves …

02 Oct 2009 description


Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 6.3

Date-Time:

- Friday, October 02, 2009 at 01:07:39 UTC

- Friday, October 02, 2009 at 02:07:39 PM at epicenter

Location: 16.579°S, 173.274°W

Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Region: TONGA

Distances: 85 km (55 miles) SE of Hihifo, Tonga, 240 km (150 miles) NNE of Neiafu, Tonga, 545 km (340 miles) NNE of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga, 2535 km (1580 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand