National Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA/NWS

Haiti Tsunami of 12 January, 2010

A major earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.0 (USGS Magnitude) occurred at 2153 UTC, 12 January, 2010 (day 012) and was located 16 km (10 miles) SW of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (18.451 N, 72.445 W, at a depth of 9.9 km/6.2miles - USGS location).

This earthquake produced a tsunami that was recorded at tide gages monitored at the Tsunami Warning Centers. Many observatories provide data to the centers; such as the NOAA National Ocean Service, the U. of Hawaii Sea Level Center, the Chilean Navy, and the National Tidal Facility in Australia among others. Click on the site name to see a graph of the tsunami, when available. Listed wave heights are maximum amplitude in cm (above sea level). Observed Arrival time is the actual tsunami arrival time in UTC on gages where it could be determined. The Sample Interval column shows the time between samples.

For additional information about this tsunami event see the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center's homepage.

 

Earthquake Location Map
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Travel Time Map
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Tide gage

Peak amplitude (above sea level in cm)

Observed Initial Arrival time (UTC)

Initial motion

Sample Interval (min)

Data File (Julian Day Starts at  0000 UTC)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

6.2

2240

rise

1

012, 013

Mona Island, PR

?

~2300

?

1

012, 013

Christiansted Harbor, US Virgin Is.

1.0

~2325

?

1

012, 013

Christiansted Harbor, US Virgin Is.

1.0

~2325

rise

6

012, 013

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