TO ALL TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM PARTICIPANTS
SUBJECT: TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN
BULLETIN NUMBER 1
WEST COAST AND ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED 11/03/2002 AT 2253 UTC
…THIS TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN IS FOR ALASKA, BRITISH
COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA ONLY…
NO - REPEAT NO - WATCH OR WARNING IS IN EFFECT.
THIS IS AN UPDATE TO AN EARLIER TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN.
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MAGNITUDE FOR THIS EARTHQUAKE.
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE: 7.9
LOCATION: 63.5N 147.5W - 45 MILES SE OF DENALI PARK HDQTS., AK.
90 MILES S OF FAIRBANKS, AK.
TIME: 1313 AST 11/03/2002
1413 PST 11/03/2002
2213 UTC 11/03/2002
BASED ON LOCATION AND MAGNITUDE THE EARTHQUAKE WAS NOT
SUFFICIENT TO GENERATE A TSUNAMI DAMAGING TO CALIFORNIA,
OREGON, WASHINGTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA OR ALASKA.
THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE TSUNAMI BULLETINS
FOR HAWAII AND OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC.
THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT BY THE
WEST COAST AND ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER UNLESS CONDITIONS
WARRANT. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE HTTP://WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV
FOR MORE INFORMATION.
This was a real attention getter! :o It lasted 2-3 minutes and did much damage, 3 main highways are closed due to extensive cracking, some 20 feet deep. No reported injuries (serious) or deaths though. Some motorists are stranded on the highways, due to the lack of road to drive on, one truck hauling materials drove into a crack, the driver escaped with minor injuries. Once again we were fortunate in that it occured in a sparsely populated area (includes most of Alaska. :-? )
I’d like to express my condoles to any that have lost family or friend, in the earthquakes in Italy.