National Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA/NWS

Tsunami of 9 December 2007

A major earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.8 (USGS magnitude) occurred at 0728 UTC 12 December 2007 (day 349) and was located south of the Fiji Islands (25.872°S, 177.517°W, 149.2 km depth - USGS location).

The earthquake produced a tsunami that was recorded at the Kings Wharf, Fiji tide gage monitored at the Tsunami Warning Centers. The data was provided by the National Tidal Facility in Australia. Click on the site name to see a graph of the tsunami. 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 arrival computed at the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) based on the origin time and location. The Sample Interval column shows the time between samples.

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


Travel time map

maximum wave heights

Travel Time Map
(click to enlarge)

Maximum Wave Heights, Modeled
by PMEL Sift at NTWC
(click to enlarge)

Tide gage

Peak amplitude (above sea level in cm)

Observed Initial Arrival time (UTC)

Computed Initial Arrival time (UTC)

Initial motion

Sample Interval (min)

Data File (Julian Day Starts at  0000 UTC)

Kings Wharf, Fiji







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