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Tsunami Awareness Week is March 22-26, 2010

According to the Tsunami Warning Center, there is an extremely low risk of a tsunami affecting Anchorage. At 9:45 AM Wednesday, March 24th the State of Alaska will test the Tsunami Alert System. The Office of Emergency Management is using tsunami awareness week as an opportunity to educate citizens regarding 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.

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.

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