Wave heights throughout the Pacific Ocean associated with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. NOAA graphic
8-point-9 magnitude earthquake in Japan yesterday had Kodiak residents wondering
during the night how Kodiak might be affected, with conflicting reports of a possible
tsunami added to the confusion.
news reported correctly that coastal areas of Hawaii,
were told to evacuate. Sirens were going off in Honolulu beginning about 9 p.m. Kodiak time.
Later a message
from the Alaska Emergency Alert System issued at 11:52 p.m. (Thursday) said
that Kodiak was under a Tsunami Warning. A tsunami warning is issued
when there is an imminent threat of a tsunami and widespread inundation.
reports from within the state reported Kodiak to be in an "Advisory" condition which
is a lesser level of threat. An advisory warns of strong currents or waves
dangerous to people in or very near water.
A call to
the Kodiak Police Department clarified that the Kodiak was under an advisory, not a warning. The tsunami warning
applied only to the far western region of the Aleutians from near Adak to Attu.
the confusion, throughout the night and early morning hours, CNN and other
national news agencies-and the BBC, which KMXT was airing-were reporting the
entire west coast, including Alaska, was under a tsunami warning.
the early morning hours KMXT maintained a two-person watch to monitor bulletins
from the Alaska Tsunami Warning
Center in Palmer. As time
went on, KMXT's live updates were less about warning Kodiak residents about a
possible tsunami and more about clarifying and correcting reports coming into
the island from other news sources.
estimated time of initial wave arrival in Kodiak was 3:51 a.m. There were no
reports of wave activity.