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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1140 AM EDT Tue Mar 18 2014


To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS Partners and NWS employees


From:     Michael Angove

          Manager, NWS Tsunami Program

          Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services


Subject:  Tsunami Preparedness Week

          March 23-29, 2014


Tsunami Preparedness Week Is March 23-29


At 5:36 pm on March 27, 1964, without warning, the largest

recorded earthquake in U.S. history, and the second largest in

world history, occurred in Alaskas Prince William Sound. Valdez,

Anchorage, and many villages along the Alaska Coast were

significantly damaged or destroyed by the magnitude 9.2

earthquake and the tsunamis that followed. Over 130 people died

in Alaska, Oregon and California. Damage from the tsunamis alone,

which also impacted the west coasts of the United States and

Canada and Hawaii, was estimated at almost $1 billion (2013



The 50th anniversary of this event is a reminder that a tsunami

could strike the U.S. coastline at any time. To boost U.S.

tsunami preparedness, NOAA, the Federal Emergency Management

Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey, in coordination with the

National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a partnership among

these federal agencies and 29 U.S. states and territories,

are promoting and supporting Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 23

29. During this week, NOAA and its partners will promote

awareness and safety and urge coastal residents and visitors to

prepare themselves and their families for a tsunami.


Information about activities taking place across the country to

encourage tsunami preparedness and commemorate the 1964 event, as

well as links to tsunami-related preparedness information, can be

found on the Tsunami Preparedness Week web page at:


Tsunami Warnings: What You Need to Know


Tsunami warnings are issued through television and radio,

community sirens, local officials, text message alerts, NOAA Web

sites and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. However, some tsunamis

can reach the coast within minutes of an earthquake, so it is

important to understand natures warnings:


Know Natures Warning Signs


- A strong earthquake at the coast, or one that persists

- A sudden rise or fall of the ocean tide

- A loud, roaring sound from the ocean


Know How to Respond


- Immediately move inland to high ground outside the hazard zone

- Turn on your radio or television to learn if there is a tsunami


- Stay away from the beach until officials say it is safe to

return (Note: a tsunami is a series of waves that can last for

hours. The first wave may not be the last or the most dangerous.)


For more information about tsunami awareness and safety, visit:


If you have any comments or questions regarding this Public

Service Announcement, please contact:


Michael Angove

NWS Tsunami Program Manager

Silver Spring, MD

301-713-1858, Ext. 106


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