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SITUATION REPORT 08-196 (as of 11:00 AM, July 14, 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – Level I – Low.
Military installations in Alaska are at FPCON A.
State of Alaska Cyber Security Alert Level: Guarded
World Health Organization Pandemic Phase - Phase 3: No or very limited human-to-human transmission (An Influenza Pandemic situation report, which contains an explanation of the WHO Pandemic Phases, is attached to this situation report and updated every Tuesday)

Threat Level Changes

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Okmok Volcano: As of Monday, July 14, 2008 12:39 PM AKDT
Summit Elevation 3520 ft
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
The eruption at Okmok continues based on ongoing seismic activity. Satellite observations also indicate a thermal anomaly in the western portion of the caldera.

Satellite data shows an ash plume extending towards the southeast at an estimated height of 30,000 - 35,000 ft above sea level.

Reports indicate no ash fall in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor since Saturday, July 12. There is currently an NWS ash fall advisory in effect for the Eastern Aleutian zone, including Nikolski and Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.

Ash fall is expected to continue downwind of the volcano including over marine areas in the North Pacific. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the volcano on Umnak Island should be avoided, particularly the Crater Creek drainage northeast of the caldera.  

Ash clouds are drifting southeast of the volcano and poses a risk to aircraft in the vicinity.

Ballistics may impact the areas around the caldera rim. Historical eruptions of Okmok have typically produced lava flows, however at this time we cannot confirm that a lava flow has been produced.

Okmok Volcano is located on the northeast end of Umnak Island in the eastern Aleutians about 65 miles southwest of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. The volcano consists of a 6-mile-wide circular caldera or crater about 1600 feet deep that formed about 2000 years ago. The most recent eruption occurred in 1997 and produced ash clouds and a lava flow that traveled about 5 miles across the caldera floor.

Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Okmok.php for more information.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service of Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory which is now in effect until midnight tonight for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski.  Okmok volcano located about 75 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor erupted around noon Saturday, July 12. Based on current satellite images ash appears to be coming out of the volcano heading southeast over western Umnak Island. The plume continues to move southeast at 25 to 35 mph into the pacific ocean. The volcano is still in a state of eruption and continues to produce ash.

An ashfall advisory means that ash will be deposited in the advisory area. People in areas of very light ash fall with health or respiratory problems should contact their health care provider to seek advice.

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics.)

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
Preparedness Level: 1
As of July 14, 2008, there have been a total of 310 fires reported with total acreage of 71,460.5.

Please see the AICC, an Interagency Incident Support Website, http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ for TFR Information and additional wildfire news and information.

Please see http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for current fire weather forecasts.

Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the following National Weather Service web site:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

Alaska Volcano Information:  Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

DOT&PF Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or by calling 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, July 15, 2008. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://www.ak-prepared.com.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://www.ak-prepared.com/homelandsecurity/

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.

For further information:
Being prepared: Ready.gov
Countries:              U.S. State Department Background Notes.
Maps:           United Nations Cartographic Section
                University of Texas Library Map Section.