Tsunami warning system to be tested

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A statewide test of the tsunami warning communications system is planned for 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

The emergency test is being broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio All Hazards, local television and radio stations.

According to Bonnie Hanson at the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency Management, coastal communities on the Peninsula north of Ninilchik aren't at risk from the threat of tsunamis.

The test is part of Tsunami Awareness Week, proclaimed by Gov. Sean Parnell as March 21 to 27, and is a cooperative effort of NOAA's National Weather Service, Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Alaska Broadcasters Association and local emergency management officials.

The test will be canceled if there is excessive seismic activity 24 hours prior to the test.

People monitoring the test in coastal areas who don't receive it are asked to inform their local National Weather Service office.

The public can provide feed back at http://www.tsunami.gov/test.

-- Staff report

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