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UK Celebrates Same Sex Weddings For The First Time


The United Kingdom holds its first same-sex weddings and since this day on March 29th 2014, marriage "will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex," according to Equalities Minister Maria Miller.


"This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married," added the minister.


The British parliament passed legalization of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in July.



"The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales will be able to take place from 29 March 2014, Equalities Minister Maria Miller says."

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The president announced to the nation that "justice has been done" in the death of Osama Bin Laden. A small team of Americans carried out the operation to kill bin Laden in Pakistan.



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Tsunami warnings and information for Pacific Ocean countries
PTWC - Pacific Ocean Bulletins
  • Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning Cancellation
    000
    WEPA40 PHEB 191439
    TSUPAC
    
    TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 003
    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
    ISSUED AT 1439Z 19 APR 2014
    
    THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
    OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
    WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
    
    ... TSUNAMI WARNING CANCELLATION ...
    
    THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND/OR WATCH ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
    WARNING CENTER IS NOW CANCELLED FOR
    
     PAPUA NEW GUINEA / SOLOMON ISLANDS
    
    THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
    NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
    DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
    ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
    
    AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
    
     ORIGIN TIME -  1328Z 19 APR 2014
     COORDINATES -   6.7 SOUTH  155.0 EAST
     DEPTH       -   10 KM
     LOCATION    -  SOLOMON ISLANDS
     MAGNITUDE   -  7.5
    
    MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
    
     GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
     -------------------  ----- ------  -----  ---------------  -----
     TAREKUKURE WHARF SB   6.7S 156.4E  1422Z   0.05M /  0.2FT  22MIN
    
     LAT  - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
     LON  - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
     TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
     AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
            IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
            VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
     PER  - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
    
    EVALUATION
    
     SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
     BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR
     THOSE AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
     AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
     OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
     THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
     CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
     CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
     ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
    
     NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR OTHER COASTAL AREAS IN THE PACIFIC
     ALTHOUGH SOME OTHER AREAS MAY EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES.
     THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED FOR ALL AREAS COVERED BY
     THIS CENTER.
    
    THIS WILL BE THE FINAL BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
    
    THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
    FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH
    CHINA SEA REGION.  IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THE
    MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.
    
    THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
    FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.
    
    
  • Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning Supplement
    000
    WEPA40 PHEB 191418
    TSUPAC
    
    TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
    ISSUED AT 1418Z 19 APR 2014
    
    THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
    OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
    WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
    
    ... A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...
    
    REVISED MAGNITUDE IS NOW 7.5.
    
    A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
    
     PAPUA NEW GUINEA / SOLOMON ISLANDS
    
    FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
    INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.
    
    THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
    NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
    DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
    ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
    
    AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
    
     ORIGIN TIME -  1328Z 19 APR 2014
     COORDINATES -   6.7 SOUTH  155.0 EAST
     DEPTH       -   10 KM
     LOCATION    -  SOLOMON ISLANDS
     MAGNITUDE   -  7.5
    
    EVALUATION
    
     IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED.  THIS WARNING IS
     BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
     SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
     STRIKE COASTLINES IN THE REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES
     TO HOURS. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE
     ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE
     TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL GAUGES NEAREST THE REGION AND REPORT IF ANY
     TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY IS OBSERVED. THE WARNING WILL NOT EXPAND
     TO OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED
     TO WARRANT SUCH AN EXPANSION.
    
    ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
    WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.
    
     LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
     --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
     PAPUA NEW GUINE  AMUN                6.0S 154.7E    1347Z 19 APR
                      WOODLARK_ISLAND     9.0S 152.9E    1358Z 19 APR
                      RABAUL              4.2S 152.3E    1413Z 19 APR
                      KIETA               6.1S 155.6E    1420Z 19 APR
                      LAE                 6.8S 147.0E    1445Z 19 APR
                      ULAMONA             5.0S 151.3E    1446Z 19 APR
                      KAVIENG             2.5S 150.7E    1449Z 19 APR
                      MADANG              5.2S 145.8E    1510Z 19 APR
                      MANUS_ISLAND        2.0S 147.5E    1527Z 19 APR
                      PORT_MORESBY        9.3S 146.9E    1602Z 19 APR
     SOLOMON ISLANDS  FALAMAE             7.4S 155.6E    1348Z 19 APR
                      MUNDA               8.4S 157.2E    1405Z 19 APR
                      PANGGOE             6.9S 157.2E    1429Z 19 APR
                      HONIARA             9.3S 160.0E    1440Z 19 APR
                      GHATERE             7.8S 159.2E    1456Z 19 APR
                      AUKI                8.8S 160.6E    1501Z 19 APR
                      KIRAKIRA           10.4S 161.9E    1502Z 19 APR
    
    BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
    THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
    
    THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
    FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH
    CHINA SEA REGION.  IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THE
    MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.
    
    THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
    FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.
    
    
  • Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning
    000
    WEPA40 PHEB 191337
    TSUPAC
    
    TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
    ISSUED AT 1337Z 19 APR 2014
    
    THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
    OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
    WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
    
    ... A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...
    
    A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
    
     PAPUA NEW GUINEA / SOLOMON ISLANDS
    
    FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
    INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.
    
    THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
    NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
    DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
    ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
    
    AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
    
     ORIGIN TIME -  1328Z 19 APR 2014
     COORDINATES -   6.7 SOUTH  155.0 EAST
     DEPTH       -   10 KM
     LOCATION    -  SOLOMON ISLANDS
     MAGNITUDE   -  7.8
    
    EVALUATION
    
     IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED.  THIS WARNING IS
     BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
     SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
     STRIKE COASTLINES IN THE REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES
     TO HOURS. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE
     ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL MONITOR
     SEA LEVEL GAUGES NEAREST THE REGION AND REPORT IF ANY TSUNAMI
     WAVE ACTIVITY IS OBSERVED. THE WARNING WILL NOT EXPAND TO OTHER
     AREAS OF THE PACIFIC UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED TO
     WARRANT SUCH AN EXPANSION.
    
    ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
    WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.
    
     LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
     --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
     PAPUA NEW GUINE  AMUN                6.0S 154.7E    1347Z 19 APR
                      WOODLARK_ISLAND     9.0S 152.9E    1358Z 19 APR
                      RABAUL              4.2S 152.3E    1413Z 19 APR
                      KIETA               6.1S 155.6E    1420Z 19 APR
                      LAE                 6.8S 147.0E    1445Z 19 APR
                      ULAMONA             5.0S 151.3E    1446Z 19 APR
                      KAVIENG             2.5S 150.7E    1449Z 19 APR
                      MADANG              5.2S 145.8E    1510Z 19 APR
                      MANUS_ISLAND        2.0S 147.5E    1527Z 19 APR
                      PORT_MORESBY        9.3S 146.9E    1602Z 19 APR
     SOLOMON ISLANDS  FALAMAE             7.4S 155.6E    1348Z 19 APR
                      MUNDA               8.4S 157.2E    1405Z 19 APR
                      PANGGOE             6.9S 157.2E    1429Z 19 APR
                      HONIARA             9.3S 160.0E    1440Z 19 APR
                      GHATERE             7.8S 159.2E    1456Z 19 APR
                      AUKI                8.8S 160.6E    1501Z 19 APR
                      KIRAKIRA           10.4S 161.9E    1502Z 19 APR
    
    BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
    THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
    
    THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
    FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH
    CHINA SEA REGION.  IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THE
    MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.
    
    THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
    FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.
    
    


NOAA Information on Tsunamis
NOAAWatch Information on Tsunamis
  • Update on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Event
    A Tsunami Warning continues for the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California, to the Oregon-Washington border. A Tsunami Advisory continues for the coastal areas of California from the California-Mexico Border to Point Concepcion, California, and coastal areas of Washington - British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington Border to Attu, Alaska, and the entire state of Hawaii. Elsewhere in the Pacific, a Tsunami Warning remains in effect for Japan, Russia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Niue, Tonga, Mexico, French Polynesia, Pitcairn /Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Antarctica, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru
  • Tsunami warning issued following Magnitude 8.8 earthquake
    A Magnitude 8.8 earthquake early Saturday morning off the coast of Chile generated a tsunami, resulting in widespread tsunami warnings, watches, and advisories warnings, including Hawaii.
  • Samoan Earthquake and Tsunami
    A major earthquake with magnitude near 8.0 struck at 148 pm EDT Tuesday about 125 miles south of the Samoan Islands in the South Central Pacific Ocean. The NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Ewa Beach, Hawaii issued the first of a series of Regional Tsunami Warning messages at 204 pm EDT. The initial warning included American Samoa, Western Samoa, Tonga, and other nearby islands. A Tsunami Watch was issued for areas further removed from the epicenter, including Hawaii. The first in a series of at least four waves hit the Samoas shortly after 2 pm EDT (7 am Samoa Standard Time). News reports have been mentioning major damage on the south shores of the islands. CNN International was reporting at least 84 fatalities as of early Wednesday morning - 55 in Western Samoa, 22 in American Samoa, and 7 in Tonga.
  • A Tsunami Advisory has been issued for the state of Hawaii
    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a non-expanding regional Tsunami Warning for a part of the Pacific near an earthquake centered off the west coast of the South Island New Zealand. Based on all available data there is no destructive tsunami threat to Hawaii. However, some coastal areas in Hawaii could experience small non-destructive sea level changes and strong or unusual currents lasting up to several hours.
  • U.S. Tsunami Buoy Network Completed
    NOAA has deployed the final tsunami detection buoys in the South Pacific, completing the buoy network and bolstering the U.S. tsunami warning system. This network of 39 stations provides real-time data to the Tsunami Warning System providing coastal communities with faster and more accurate tsunami warnings.
  • NOAA Helps Prepare East Coast Communities For Tsunami, Storm-Driven Flood Threats
    A team of scientists NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, both based in Boulder, Colo., took a crucial step forward in NOAA’s effort to prepare U.S. coastal communities, including Long Island, Atlantic City, and Daytona Beach for potentially deadly tsunami and storm-driven flooding. The scientists created high-resolution digital elevation models, or DEMs, for the three cities. The DEMs are constructed from near-shore seafloor depth and land elevation data to create a detailed representation of coastal relief. They provide the underlying framework necessary to accurately forecast the magnitude and extent of coastal flooding during a tsunami or storm surge event.
  • Tsunami Warning Centers
    The West Coast/ Alaska Tsunami Warning Center provides tsunami warning guidance for all U.S. coastal states (except Hawaii), the Caribbean Sea, and the Canadian coastal provinces. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center provides tsunami warning guidance for Hawaii and countries in the Pacific Ocean, and Indian Ocean.

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