National Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA/NWS

TSUNAMI of 22 January 2003

A major earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.4 occurred at 0207 UTC 22 January 2003 and was located near Colima, Mexico (18.8N 103.8W).

According to the ITIC "Tsunami Newsletter"; Volume XXXV, Number1, page 3: The earthquake "triggered a tsunami that was recorded at Manzanillo-Colima 12 minutes after the origin time of the earthquake. The first arrival of the tsuunami had a clear emergent character." They go on to give a maximum height (T-P) of 122 centimeters. The tsunami was also recorded on Mexico tide guages at Lazaro Cardenas-Michoacan and Zihuatanehno-Guerrero. More information can be found at ITIC Tsunami Newsletter

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