A tsunami is a series of waves that can be dangerous and destructive. They can be caused by underwater disturbances or earthquakes. When you hear a tsunami warning, move at once to higher ground and stay there until local authorities say it is safe to return home.
Alaska's Governor Sean Parnell PSA
What can I do today?
- Be familiar with the tsunami warning signs. A rapid rise or fall in coastal waters and a large earthquake are both signs to an approaching tsunami.
- Know the location of your local evacuation site. Most coastal communities have a designated area on high ground that the community will meet, e.g.: a school.
- Know your community's warning siren or method of letting people know a tsunami is coming.
- DO NOT go to the water to watch the tsunami come in!
Good Tsunami Sites:
- Tsunami Hazard Mitigation
- West Coast/ Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
- Mitigation Reference Link Page - see DHS&EM' complete list of mitigation links here .
If you have questions about mitigation, e-mail Alaska's Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ann Gravier.