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From:Thursday, August 7, 2008 1:13 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 7 August 2008 Situation Report 08-220 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-220 (as of 11:00 AM, August 7, 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)

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

Threat Level Changes
No change.

Tanana Basin Flooding
Heavy rain over several days has caused flooding in areas of the Tanana River basin.  Please see the attached incident situation report for details.

Travel Advisory, Parks Highway
Short delays and pilot car operation on the Parks Highway between MP305, Alaska Native Veterans’ Honor Bridge and MP305.3 North Slough Tanana River Bridge due to bridge dedication beginning at 2:00pm on Friday, August 8, 2008 and ending around 4:00pm.  Watch for flaggers, slow moving traffic, people and vehicles on the roadway.               

Earthquake
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center located a moderate earthquake that occurred on Thursday, August 7th at 10:30 AM AKDT in the Andreanof Islands region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 and was located at a depth of about 4 miles. This event was felt in Unalaska. No reports of this event causing damage have been received at this time. This earthquake is associated with an ongoing seismic swarm in the vicinity of  volcano Kasatochi that started on August 6, 2008. Distance to nearby locations:  49 miles ENE of Adak and 398 miles WSW of Dutch Harbor.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Volcanic Activity Notice
Kasatochi Volcano - Issued: Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 7:17 PM AKDT
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Volcanic Activity Summary: Over the past 12 hours earthquake activity in the greater vicinity of Kasatochi volcano has increased rapidly. Earthquakes are poorly located, and it is possible that the earthquakes are associated with submarine activity. A US Fish and Wildlife Service field crew on Kasatochi Island has reported continual small tremors over the past several days. AVO is elevating the color code at Kasatochi to YELLOW due to the possibility that these earthquakes may result from magma movement toward the surface. The swarm-like character of the seismicity suggests that the activity may be related to the intrusion of magma which may or may not culminate in eruptive activity.
Remarks: Kasatochi Island represents the emergent summit of a predominantly submarine volcano composed of basaltic and andesitic flows and pyroclastics. The island consists of a single, undissected cone with a central lake-filled crater about 0.75 km in diameter. A maximum height of 314 m is on the southern crater rim; elevation of the lake is less than about 60 m. Kasatochi Island is at the northern end of a 15-km-long, 6-km-wide submarine ridge that is normal to the trend of the Andreanof Islands. Water depths along the ridge are less than 90 m; if Kasatochi is constructed entirely on the ridge, the total height of the volcanic pile is only a little more than 400 m.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Okmok.php for current information.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until 12 pm AKDT Friday.  Seismic activity indicates that volcanic ash emissions continue from Okmok Volcano. Ash is moving west to northwest from the volcano. This
movement is expected to shift west to southwest, Friday. Light ashfall is expected across Umnak Island.

Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels.

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/

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, 8 August, 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf