National Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA/NWS

TSUNAMI of 20 January 2003

A major earthquake with a surface magnitude of 7.8 occurred at 0843 UTC 20 January 2003 and was located about 200 kilometers east-northeast of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island (10.5S 160.7E).

The earthquake produced a  local tsunami of about 2 meters at the Tawatana Village on Makira Island, near the island of Guadalcanal and a small, 3.4 centimeter tsunami at was recorded on the water level gauge at Honiara.

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