West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA/NWS

TSUNAMI of 09 January 2011 (Vanuatu Region)

A Strong earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.6 (USGS magnitude) occurred at 10:03:43 UTC 09 January 2011 (day 009) and was located 65 miles/110 km WNW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu (19.163S, 168.326E, 10.8 mi/17.4 km depth--USGS location).

This earthquake produced a small tsunami that was recorded at a tide gage monitored by the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC). Many observatories provide data to the center; 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 Computed Arrival time is the estimated time of wave arrival computed at the NTWC based on the earthquake origin time and location. The Sample Interval column shows the time between data samples.

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



Tide gage/
Measurement Location

Peak amplitude
(above sea level in cm)

Observed Initial Arrival time
[UTC (J.Day)]

Estimated Arrival Time

Initial motion

Sample Interval

Data File
(Julian Day Starts
at 0000 UTC)

Port Vila, Vanuatu


1029 (009)





* represents an estimated value

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