The SEOC is currently at level: 1
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.
If you have questions about mitigation, e-mail Alaska's Hazard Mitigation Officer,
DISTANT SOURCE TSUNAMI HAZARD means the tsunami is generated so far away that the earthquake was not felt at all or only slightly. An estimate can be made of potential danger. Maximum runup heights would only be reached at the shoreline and the maximum distance inland only reached where the coast is low, flat, and unobstructed. "High" means possible runup to 50 foot elevation and reaching up to 1 mile inland. "Moderate" means possible runup to 35 foot elevation and inland up to 3/4 mile. "Low" means possible runup to 20 foot elevation and reaching up to 1/2 mile inland.
All listed communities may have a LOCAL TSUNAMI HAZARD which means a tsunami could be generated in nearby waters and reach your community before a formal warning could be transmitted. These waves may arrive in less than one hour and have historically been the highest, up to 100 foot or more. The estimated possible height in each community is difficult to determine. Coastal residents who feel a very strong earthquake (lasting over 30 seconds or if you have difficulty standing) should move to higher ground immediately.
Historic tsunami information and ongoing numeric studies indicate that tsunami flood threat along the western Alaska coast (Bering Sea) is very low, though there is a higher threat in some instances along the Pribilof Island coasts. We have run a preliminary tsunami propagation model. Two hypothetical tsunami sources (earthquakes of Mw 9.0) were placed in the eastern and western parts of the Aleutian chain. The tsunami waves propagated through the Northern Pacific and into the Bering Sea. The continental shelf in the Bering Sea substantially dissipates tsunami energy and slows down the waves. As a result, tsunami waves arrive at Hawaii before they reach the Bering Sea coastline, which gives sufficient warning time to those communities. Higher amplitudes were calculated for St. George and St. Paul islands due to their proximity to the continental slope. The Bristol Bay area has only an estimated >1 meter wave height potential.
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Bryan began his career in emergency management in 1995 with the Alaska Division of Emergency Services. Since that time he has served in numerous roles, including emergency communications technician, microcomputer/network specialist, information management, alert, and warning systems coordinator, information technology manager, Chief of Preparedness, and Chief of Operations.
In his role as Chief of Operations, Bryan serves as the State Incident Commander for disaster response operations, and is responsible for overseeing the Alaska State Emergency Operations Center. He has also served as State Coordinating Officer on multiple federally declared disasters, assisting survivors and communities with recovering from disasters.
As a communications specialist he has deployed to support multiple interagency operations, including oil spill response (1996 M/V Banasea, western Aleutians, 1997 M/V Kuroshima, Dutch Harbor), wildland fires (1996 Millers Reach #2), and numerous Search and Rescue cases.
Bryan’s day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing all emergency management aspects of the Division, including Planning, Preparedness, Disaster Assistance, and Response.
Prior to his employment with the State of Alaska, Bryan served as a communications specialist and fire support specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Wyoming and Alaska Army National Guards. He currently resides with his wife Tracy and four children in Eagle River, Alaska.
(Current as of August 2021)
Army Guard Road,
JBER, AK 99505