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SITUATION REPORT 09-086 (as of 11:00 AM, 27 March 2009)

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.)

State of Alaska Situation
DHS&EM continues to closely monitor the Redoubt volcanic situation.

Alaska Volcano
Alaska Volcano Observatory/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice, 27 March, 2009, 8:51 AM AKDT

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
An eruption of Redoubt volcano occurred at approximately 08:40 AKDT.  National Weather Service reports the cloud height to be approximately 50,000 ft above sea level based on radar. Volcanic cloud height 32,000 ASL confirmed by NWS Radar. Mudflows in the Drift River valley are possible. AVO is monitoring the situation closely, the observatory is staffed 24/7.

Ashfall Advisory Updates
- Anchorage Municipality and the Matanuska Valley.  Trace amounts of ashfall possible across the Anchorage bowl and Matanuska valley due to Mt Redoubt’s eruption at 8:41 this morning.  After two eruptions overnight, it is possible that very minor amounts of a trace or less of ashfall could occur across the Anchorage bowl and Matanuska Valley today.

- Susitna Valley including Talkeetna, Willow and Cantwell.  Ashfall advisory remains in effect until 3 pm this afternoon south and west of Talkeetna.

- Kuskokwim Valley including Mcgrath and Aniak.  Ashfall advisory is in effect until 7 pm this evening along the Alaska Range. Ash from the eruption of Redoubt Volcano will continue to move north along the Alaska Range. Locations in the extreme eastern sections of the upper Kuskokwim Valley may see minor ashfall of a trace to one eighth inch accumulation. The ash cloud should continue to drift north through early this evening.

Flash Flood Warning
Flash flood warning for Drift River until 2:45 pm AKDT due to Mount Redoubt Volcano eruption. This eruption can cause melting snow and ice on the mountain and result in high water and flash flooding along the Drift River valley draining from the mountain.

Links to updates and status of Redoubt Volcano activity may be found at the following website:

Significant aviation weather forecast/product updates link: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php

Ak Department Of Environmental Conservation

Winter Storm Warning
Chukchi Sea Coast -- winter storm warning in effect until 6 pm this evening

A moderate earthquake had occurred on Thursday, March 26th at 6:58 PM AKDT in the Yukon Territory.  It had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, and was located at a depth of about 6 miles. No reports of this event being felt or causing damage have been received at this time. Distance to nearby locations: 18 miles ESE of Burwash Landing and 150 miles E of McCarthy

Useful link:
Air Quality Advisories & Alerts from the AK Department of Environmental Conservation: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/volcano.htm or http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
Volcano:  Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php
Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 31 March 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.