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March 11, 2011

(SitNews) CAMP DENALI, Alaska - The State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) was activated yesterday evening March 10, to respond to the recent tsunamis warning/advisory generated by a large earthquake which struck near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

As of 4:42 pm Friday, the tsunami advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas from Attu, Alaska to Craig, Alaska.

A tsunami advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected.  Significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.  Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

The SECC continues to monitor the tsunami event. There have been no reports of damages at this time.

SECC staff verbally contacted all of Alaska’s tsunami vulnerable communities with tsunami warnings or advisories by 2:45am Friday. Once the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center confirms that Alaskan communities no longer face a tsunami threat, the SECC will re-contact affected communities and confirm that they have received the message.


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Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management


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