Saturday, February 27, 2010

Alaska tsunami advisory

An intense earthquake in Chile has spawned tsunami danger across the Pacific.

Below is the most concise announcement I've seen for Alaska, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Also, here is the latest tsunami advisory from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

U.S. Coast Guard, 17th District

Feb. 27, 2010

Coast Guard alerts Alaska's maritime community of potential tsunami impact

ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast alerting Alaska's maritime community of a potential tsunami impact to Alaska's coastal regions arriving around 3:15 p.m. today.

The first waves should arrive in Sitka with an estimated 1.3-foot wave height and subsequent areas across Alaska will be impacted throughout the evening. The largest predicted waves of approximately 2.3 feet are expected to hit Kodiak at low tide around 4:28 p.m.

All Coast Guard units have been alerted for any potential impact to Alaska's coastal environment.

Tsunami advisories mean that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or near the water is imminent or expected.

Significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.

Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats and coastal structures. Hazards may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

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