The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

What to do in a quake or tsunami


The people of the East Kenai Peninsula either remember of have heard of the Good Friday earthquake and tsunamies of 1964 which brought Seward to its knees. That earthquake spurred research into the cause of quakes and the development of emergency processes.

In Alaska, where quakes are common, emergency drills are held regularly and alarms tested often.

During a quake people are told to protect themselves by dropping to the ground, taking cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and holding on to it until the shaking stops.

In the case of a possible tsunami, if you are in a coastal area and feel an earthquake that lasts 20 seconds or longer:

• When the shaking stops, gather household members of your household and move quickly to higher ground away from the coast. A tsunami may come within minutes.

• Avoid downed power lines and stay away from buildings and bridges from which heavy objects might fall during an aftershock.

• Use a NOAA Weather Radio or tune to a Coast Guard emergency frequency station or a local radio or television station for updated emergency information. Cell phone applications are now available that will give tsunami alerts.

• Locate household members and review evacuation plans. Be ready to move quickly if a tsunami warning is issued.

• If you hear an official tsunami warning or detect signs of a tsunami, evacuate at once.

• Take your emergency preparedness kit. Having supplies will make you more comfortable during the evacuation.

• Take your pets with you. If it is not safe for you, it’s not safe for them.

• Get to higher ground as far inland as possible. Watching a tsunami could put you in grave danger. If you can see the wave, you are too close to escape it.


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