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From:Monday, January 26, 2009 1:19 PM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 26 January 2009 Situation Report 09-026 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 09-026 (as of 11:00 AM, 26 January 2009)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 1
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.)

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Information Statement as of Sunday, 4:28 PM, January 25, 2009

Redoubt Volcano
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. An overflight of the volcano yesterday afternoon and observations confirm that an eruption has not occurred. Increased steaming through previously observed sources in the snow and ice cover was seen and sulfur gas emissions were noted. There was no significant disruption of the glacial ice, nor any apparent increased water discharge down the Drift River.
The current activity at Redoubt could be precursory to an eruption, perhaps within hours to days. A further increase in seismicity is expected to accompany an eruption. AVO staffs are currently monitoring the volcano 24 hours a day.

Shishaldin Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Satellite views of Shishaldin remain cloud and snow and ice still obscure the volcano in the web camera images. Seismicity at Shishaldin remains unchanged over the last 24 hours.

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Satellite views of Cleveland were cloudy today. AVO has received no other reports about Cleveland in the last 24 hours.

Earthquakes
A moderate earthquake had occurred this morning, January 26th at 10:11 AM AKST in the Fox Islands region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and was located at a depth of about 10 miles. It was felt in Nikolski.  Distance to nearby locations: 61 miles SE of Amukta Pass and 387 miles WSW of False Pass.

A moderate earthquake had occurred on Saturday, January 24th at 9:09AM AKST in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 and was located at a depth of about 63 miles. This event was felt as far from the epicenter as Seldovia. Distance to nearby locations: 31 miles W of Nanwalek and 61 miles SW of Ninilchik.

No reports of both events causing damages have been received at this time.  

Winter Storm Warning
Inner Channels from Kupreanof Island to Etolin Island. The winter storm warning is now in effect until 3 am Tuesday. Gusty winds to 30 mph will produce areas of blowing and drifting snow and lowering visibility to less than one half mile at times. Areas of freezing rain are also expected especially along the Stikine River Delta.

Glacier Bay, Salisbury Sound to Cape Fairweather Coastal Area, Eastern Baranof Island and Southern Admiralty Island. The winter storm warning is now in effect until 9 pm this evening.

Haines Borough and Lynn Canal, Eastern Chichagof Island, Juneau Borough and Northern Admiralty Island. The winter storm warning is now in effect until midnight tonight

Misty Fjords. The winter storm warning is now in effect until 12 pm Tuesday.

Travel Advisory
Parks Highway, Milepost 241 – MP243     
The Alaska Railroad has postponed the blasting work under the Moody Bridge, MP242 of the Parks Highway until Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 10:00am. Motorists are advised to use caution, watch for men and equipment on the roadway, prepare to stop and expect a short delays.      

Useful link:
  Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/:
Volcano:  Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
    Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
 Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 27 January 2009. 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