Alaska DOT&PF Prepared for Impacts from Earthquake and Tsunami
There is slight modification in daily operations, but overall impact to Alaska DOT&PF is minor.
(JUNEAU, Alaska) - Due to the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Northern Japan and resulting tsunami that reached Alaska, there were slight modifications to daily operations throughout the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF).
- Three wide-body passenger aircraft were diverted to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport due to the earthquake in Japan. The aircraft landed without incident and will depart once air carriers determine their next course of action.
- The Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport shut down power for a few hours this morning to minimize the impact of waves from the tsunami hitting the generators. One scheduled flight was delayed by one hour.
- The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) had two ships get underway as a precaution to avoid waves that might threaten the ports where they were docked. All vessels are presently on high alert and will follow standard precautionary avoidance measures when at sea and in port.
- The Kennicott, en route to Bellingham, was delayed 1.5 hours in mooring until the port was reopened by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Alaska DOT&PF is responsible for 255 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 ports, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska.