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Tsunami Awareness Week

Effective Date: Sunday, March 21st, 2010

WHEREAS, as one of the world’s most seismically active regions, Alaska’s coastline contains many communities that are vulnerable to tsunamis. Ten of the 15 largest earthquakes in the United States have occurred in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans remember the magnitude 9.2 Good Friday earthquake that struck Prince William Sound, 75 miles east of Anchorage, on March 27, 1964. The tsunami generated by the quake in South Central Alaska killed 106 people, and caused $84 million in damages. Other tsunamis resulted along the coasts of British Columbia and the western contiguous United States claimed an additional 17 lives, and another $10.7 million worth of damage; and

WHEREAS, in response to the Good Friday quake, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration established the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in 1967. Today, the center operates around the clock, issuing tsunami advisories and warnings for the east and west coasts of the United States and Canada, as well as for the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; and

WHEREAS, through a collaborative program involving State, federal, and local officials, several coastal communities are now labeled as “Tsunami Ready.” This program promotes tsunami hazard preparedness and community awareness, and efforts are underway to increase the number of coastal communities who have achieved this level of preparedness.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim March 21-27, 2010 as:

Tsunami Awareness Week

in Alaska, and encourage all citizens and coastal communities to prepare for tsunami hazards, and educate themselves on the appropriate response to tsunami warnings.

Dated: February 28, 2010


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