WHEREAS, Alaska is the most seismically active state in the United States, and has experienced 12 of the 15 largest earthquakes in United States’ history, and disaster preparedness is our greatest tool for protecting our people, property, and livelihoods; and
WHEREAS, the tsunami that resulted from the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake on March 27, 1964, was the second largest in the world and damaged or destroyed many Alaskan communities and killed over 130 people in Alaska, Oregon, and California; and
WHEREAS, the 1946 Aleutian Tsunami killed 159 people in Hawaii, five in Alaska, and one in California, and sent a 100 foot tsunami into Scotch Cap on Unimak Island destroying a U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse; and
WHEREAS, the world’s highest tsunami was in Glacier Bay National Park’s Lituya Bay in 1958, when a magnitude 8.2 earthquake generated a rockslide that sent water surging to 1720 feet and killed two boaters; and
WHEREAS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer to issue tsunami warnings, advisories, and watches for the United States and Canada; and
WHEREAS, many coastal organizations are currently recognized as TsunamiReady through a collaborative partnership between federal, state, and local officials. The TsunamiReady program promotes hazard preparedness through community awareness; and
WHEREAS, living in a place as unique as Alaska often means preparing for the unexpected, and we must prepare our families and our communities for the possibility of natural disasters, including tsunamis.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim March 26 – April 1, 2017 as:
Tsunami Preparedness Week
in Alaska, and urge all who live upon or visit Alaska’s coast to plan for and practice the appropriate response for tsunami warnings.
Dated: March 1, 2017