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Subject:DHS&EM 31 March 2009 Situation Report 09-090 

SITUATION REPORT 09-090 (as of 11:00 AM, 31 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 Current Status Report, 31 March 2009
Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Continuous emissions of steam, volcanic gases, and minor amounts of ash continue at Redoubt Volcano. These emissions have been at low altitudes but occasionally rise as high as 25,000 feet above sea level. Satellite images from this morning show a broad layer of volcanic haze extending east of the volcano over the Kenai Peninsula, the Anchorage Bowl, and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Satellite images from last night show a thermal anomaly at the vent and are possibly due to the extrusion of a lava dome in the summit crater. AVO field crews are attempting to make direct observations of the volcano today. Seismicity consists of volcanic tremor and occasional discrete earthquakes.

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

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Special Weather Statement
Trace amounts of ashfall possible for areas up to 30 miles north of Redoubt Volcano. Redoubt volcano is emitting a continuous low level steam plume with occasional higher bursts. There is a small amount of ash in the plume which may cause a trace amount of ashfall in areas up to 30 miles north of redoubt volcano through Wednesday morning. This includes the Big River lakes area.

Flood Warning
Flood warning is extended for Drift River until 5:00 pm today. Mount Redoubt remains active and volcanic eruptions from Redoubt will continue to cause flooding of the Drift River drainage area. Water and mud from melting ice will flood the river with each eruption.

On March 30, 2009 the Alaska Earthquake Information Center has located a couple of earthquakes with a magnitude of over 5.0 in the Andreanof Islands region of Alaska; there were no reports of felt/damages received as follows:
- At 4:07 AM AKDT, a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 was located at a depth of about 16 miles. Distance to nearby locations: 73 miles SW of Adak and 407 miles WSW of Nikolski.
- At 4:11 AM AKDT, a moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 was located at a depth of about 26 miles. Distance to nearby locations: 71 miles WSW of Adak and 407 miles WSW of Nikolski.

Travel Advisory
Eagle Summit on the Steese Hwy
Travel through Eagle Summit on the Steese Highway is not advised unless necessary.  There are reports of narrow, one lane road with 5 foot snow drifts, reduced visibility due to blowing snow, and high winds are out of the SW at 25 mph.   Roads conditions are very difficult.  Use caution when traveling, reduce speeds.  Watch for equipment and crews working on clearing the roadways.

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, 1 April 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.