MEDIA ADVISORY - Anchorage Participates in Tsunami Awareness Week 2009
Risk for city is low but preparedness is necessary
Contact: Genevieve Maurits
A test of the Tsunami Alert System by the State of Alaska will occur at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The test is not in response to the recent eruption of Mount Redoubt.
Tsunami Awareness Week, which is March 23 – 27, is an opportunity for the Office of Emergency Management to educate citizens on the risk of a tsunami to the Municipality of Anchorage. According to the Tsunami Warning Center, there is an extremely low risk of a tsunami affecting Anchorage. However, emergency preparedness is a necessity in coastal communities.
According to studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the natural geographical boundaries of Cook Inlet protect Anchorage from a tsunami. While the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake was the largest earthquake on record for the nation, it did not generate a tsunami in the Cook Inlet.
To ensure the widest possible coverage to those areas that might be affected by a potential tsunami, a tsunami warning message is issued statewide by the Emergency Alert System (EAS). This warning will help alert Anchorage citizens that communities in other areas of the state may be at risk of a tsunami.