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Surviving a Tsunami: Is Alaska Ready for the Next Big Wave?

For Immediate Release
Jan. 13, 2006

Alaska has the greatest tsunami potential of any state in the nation. A
tsunami may be generated after an earthquake occurs, traveling within
minutes to coastal communities. Currently, work is underway to estimate
potential flooding areas along the Alaska coast in case of a local or
distant tsunami. This work is called tsunami inundation mapping. Once these
maps are complete, communities can produce evacuation routes and plan other
measures to save lives and property should a tsunami strike.

Geophysical Institute Research Analyst Elena Suleimani will discuss her work
on tsunamis and inundation mapping in a free public lecture on Tuesday,
January 17. “Surviving a Tsunami: Is Alaska Ready for the Next Big Wave?”
will begin at 7 p.m. at the Westmark Gold Room.  Get there early to see
informative displays and participate in educational demonstrations. All ages
are welcome!

This is the second lecture in the 2006 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, an
annual event coordinated and sponsored by the Geophysical Institute at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2006 Science for Alaska
Lecture Series may be found online at

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