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No Tsunami For Belize After 7.7 Earthquake #540285
01/29/20 05:39 AM
01/29/20 05:39 AM
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Belize’s NEMO Issues All-CLEAR

NEMO has issued the ALL CLEAR at 3:05pm. There is no longer a Tsunami threat to the coast of Belize.

The USGS upgraded the earthquake which occurred in the ocean between Cuba and Jamaica to a magnitude 7.7 earthquake.

Shortly after the quake the Government of Jamaica issued a tsunami warning, which means that hazardous waves of 3 feet or greater is expected within the next hour.

The quake happened at 2.10pm. Jamaica Time, and was centered 86 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. Shaking was felt as far away as Miami, Florida, and reports began surfacing on social media that high-rise buildings were felt swaying.

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The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) had to quickly issue verbal and WhatsApp/Facebook circulated alerts to advise the general public that an earthquake occurred off the coast of Cuba. The USGS later upgraded the earthquake off the coast of Cuba to a magnitude 7.7 earthquake. If a tsunami was generated the expected arrival times in local time were as follows: Kingston, Jamaica, 3:24 PM ET Cozumel, Mexico, 3:34 PM ET Puerto Cortes, Honduras, 3:38 PM ET Belize City, Belize, 4:48 PM ET Santa Cruz Del Sur, Cuba, 5:16 PM ET Nueva Gerona, Cuba, 6:45 PM ET.

The risk of one foot to three feet tsunami generated waves were possible along portions of Mexico, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Belize, and Honduras. One to three feet waves represented a very low tsunami threat to the coast of Belize. There was no need to panic nor was there any requirement for a major evacuation, furthermore time would not have permitted. Fortunately this did not occur. The lead time for our region was five minutes to one hour which later was extended to two hours arrival time which was terminated thereafter. It was a very rapid response situation. The priority was getting information out to the cayes, the coastal communities and people in the likely impact area. Thereafter the tsunami warning centre issued the "All Clear" indicating that there was no longer a tsunami threat to Belize.

In the event of another tremor and tsunami alert where the threat of water from incoming waves will be higher than three feet NEMO advises the public to seek higher ground, move up to a solid concrete second storey structure. Move away from the coast line. If you see the sea moving away from the coastline or beach a tsunami is likely to occur. The waves arrival time and the wave height are the two most critical factors which must be analysed very carefully before making a decision. If you are indoors when there is a tremor, get down under cover i.e., a bed or sturdy table or piece of furniture and hold on. If you are outdoors, stay outdoors, move away from objects that could fall and hit you. Always remember, do not panic and do not run.

NEMO coordinators below can be contacted for further information:

Corozal, Mr. Ronnie Hernandez at 614 7140;
Orange Walk, Mr. Aragon at 615 2264; or Mr. Leiva at 614 7177
Belize District, Mr. Alphius Gillett at 614 4735;
San Pedro, Ms. Vanessa Parham at 614 5865;
Belize City, Mr. Al Westby at 614 8604 or Mr. Pollard at 6143244;
Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 614 5705; or Mr. Eiley at 624 2365
Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 6148604 or Mr. Johnny Ramclam at 614 5891;
Stann Creek (Coastal- Dangriga including Mullins River to Independence), Mr. Kevin Flores at 604 3632
Stann Creek (Interior- Hummingbird and Southern highway communities), Mr. David Cruz at 614 8514; and
Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 614 2158 or Mr. Dennis Williams at 614 2393
NEMO will keep the general public updated on any further developments. The public is advised to stay alert. Please adhere to the official alerts and release from NEMO.

Re: No Tsunami For Belize After 7.7 Earthquake [Re: Marty] #540286
01/29/20 05:52 AM
01/29/20 05:52 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Earthquake Sent Tsunami Fears across the Country

A seven point seven magnitude earthquake struck earlier today about eighty miles from Jamaica, shaking several Caribbean islands, including Cayman and as far away as Miami. There were several aftershocks, including one the U.S. Geological Survey said had a magnitude of six point one. Based on images shared online, the earthquake caused minor damage in Cayman Islands but fortunately there are no reports of lives lost. A Tsunami watch was issued for a number of countries in the region, including Belize. But as quickly as it was issued, an all clear was declared.  We spoke with National Coordinator of NEMO Shelton Defour today and he explained that NEMO and its partners had to act quickly to notify the country.  He says that while the all clear is called off, as a country we still need to be alert, but don’t give in to fear.


On the Phone: Shelton DeFour, National Coordinator, NEMO

“There was an earthquake off Jamaica this afternoon, a seven point seven earthquake which triggered an alert by the tsunami Warning Center which comes through the national meteorological office to NEMO to say that an earthquake has occurred of seven point seven and it is likely to affect the following countries in the area, Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. So, NEMO had to do a quick release in terms of a verbal communication to the public via Love FM of a possible tsunami watch for a possible tsunami with wave height of point three meters to one meter high which is about one foot to three feet in height and for people not to panic. That wave was expected within an hour or so; that period has elapsed and the tsunami Center when it issued its second notice or alert said that there was no change to the height of the waves that were expected. When we were going through the continuous notification of calling etc, we were informed about fifteen minutes later that an all clear was issued because there was no threat from any tsunami which was expected to develop as a result of that earthquake. It was a rapid, very intense situation because it was occurring fast because they said it could occur between five minutes to an hour this could be the situation you are facing. So, we had to go quickly into action using technology to message and things like that.  These earthquakes are very unpredictable. We cannot issue pre-warnings to say expect an earthquake or this is a likely area or this is what we should see happening – that will not happen during an earthquake. As a country, we have to be vigilant and alert at all times. Fortunately, we are not on a direct path; a fault line does run south of Belize and to the north of Belize, so we will get tremors and impacts like tsunami wave. We don’t expect thirty feet, forty feet waves coming in at three, four hundred miles an hour like we see in the Pacific. We don’t want people to panic to that extent. But we will get ripple effect such as wave action, one foot or two feet and the likes, hopefully not higher than that. So far we are continuous in our engagement with the Chief Met and our programme to getting people more alert and prepared to deal with earthquakes and tsunami.”

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