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From:Tuesday, April 7, 2009 1:00 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 7 April 2009 Situation Report 09-097 

SITUATION REPORT 09-097 (as of 11:00 AM, 7 April 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, 7 April 2009
Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Redoubt volcano was downgraded to aviation color code ORANGE and alert level WATCH yesterday afternoon, April 6.

The eruption of Redoubt continues with varying intensity of ash and lava production from the summit crater. Visual, satellite, and seismic observations indicate that a lava dome is again forming in the summit crater. A small steam and ash plume has been visible in satellite and radar data today. It is currently extending for about 10 to 15 miles to the southeast of the volcano at an approximate height of 15,000 to 20,000 ft above sea level.

Additional significant explosive events with accompanying ash clouds, ash fall, and mudflows are possible and can occur with little or no warning. AVO will maintain 24/7 operations in order to quickly detect renewed significant explosive activity and other hazardous phenomena.

Links to updates and status of Redoubt Volcano activity:
- Significant aviation weather forecast/product updates link: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php
- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center located a light earthquake that occurred on Tuesday, April 7th at 12:12 PM AKDT in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 and was located at a depth of about 15 miles (25 km). The magnitude and location may change slightly as additional data are received and processed.

It was felt widely in southcentral Alaska, including Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, Palmer and Wasilla. No reports of this event causing damage have been received at this time. Distance to nearby locations: 11 miles WNW of Chugiak and 23 miles WSW of Palmer.

Other Useful link:
- 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.
- 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, 8 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.