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‘All Clear’ Called After Earthquake Threatens Tsunami off of Alaska’s Chignik Bay

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A 7.9 quake off the coast of Alaska threatening a Tsunami has fallen flat and an ‘all clear’ has been called allowing evacuated residents to return home in Alaska communities. According to official reports from the National Weather Service, a powerful 7.9 earthquake hit just off the coast of Alaska and the Chignik Bay late Monday.

Initially, the quake prompted a tsunami warning for a large section of Alaska’s coast and parts of Canada.

The National Weather Service put out warnings to cellphones in Alaska, with the message, “Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland.” One public station,  KMXT in Kodiak issued an urgent advisory: “This is a tsunami warning. This is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground.”

Later, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System downgraded the threat to an advisory for Alaska’s Chignik Bay.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there were several milder aftershocks after the quake and the epicenter was located about 6 miles below the surface and 175 miles southeast of Kodiak.

U.S. Tsunami Warning System

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System’s image of the offshore location of a 7.9 earthquake that prompted a possible tsunami warning.

In an NPR article, one of their member stations KTOO reported a mild result to the quake at that point, reporting only “several waves around the state of under a foot.”

After the downgrade, In Sitka, Alaska, schools converted to shelters during the tsunami warning were given the all-clear. Sitka’s evacuation affected a community of an approximate 9,000 on an island in Southeast, Alaska.

Reporter Emily Kwong of Raven Radio posted to Twitter:

“Chimes going off in Sitka, Alaska, as booming emergency voice sounds the all clear: ‘Repeat. The tsunami warning has been canceled. It is safe to return to coastal areas.’ City says school will happen today. Kids I’ve spoken with have mixed feelings about that.”

Chimes going off in Sitka, Alaska, as booming emergency voice sounds the all clear: “Repeat. The tsunami warning has been canceled. It is safe to return to coastal areas.” City says school will happen today. Kids I’ve spoken with have mixed feelings about that. #Tsunami pic.twitter.com/BVK3005WfJ

— Emily Kwong (@emilykwong1234) January 23, 2018

Six hours later Kwong posted: “UPDATE: No wave action reported in Sitka, Alaska. City still advising residents to remain on high ground, but nerves seem to calming at the school.”

Kwong also posted an image of two smiling girls sitting at at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, waiting for the ‘all-clear’ to return home.

“Valerie and Delilah Hinchman of Sitka wait for the all clear, signaling they can return to their homes. The island community was evacuated around 1 a.m., following a 7.9 earthquake off the Gulf of Alaska.”

Valerie and Delilah Hinchman of Sitka wait for the all clear, signaling they can return to their homes. The island community was evacuated around 1 a.m., following a 7.9 earthquake off the Gulf of Alaska. #Tsunami pic.twitter.com/Jsp84K4mF3

— Emily Kwong (@emilykwong1234) January 23, 2018

 

Indian Country Today’s Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) on Twitter

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16th Annual State of Indian Nations Address To Kick Off NCAI’s Winter Session

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On Monday, February 12, 2018, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel will deliver the 2018 State of Indian Nations (SOIN) address, which will be followed by the Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS).

Broadcasted live from Knight Studios at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, President Keel’s SOIN address will outline the goals of tribal nations and their leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and the priorities for our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.

Space is limited. Please RSVP ASAP: Press RSVP Here.

Directly following SOIN, ECWS will kick off on Monday afternoon. Held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., the conference will explore key issues facing Native American communities while providing tactical solutions primarily through legislative and policy planning and advocacy with the Administration and Congress.

The event features tribal leaders and more than 20 speakers from the White House, government agencies and Congress, including:

  • Ryan Zinke, Secretary, Department of the Interior
  • David Shulkin, Secretary, Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Department of Justice
  • Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA)
  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
  • Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ)
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
  • Congressman Derrick Kilmer (WA)
  • Congressman Don Young (AK)
  • Senator Tom Udall (NM)
  • Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA)
  • Congressman Jack Bergman (MI)
  • Congressman Steve Pearce (NM)
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)

Please review the draft agenda here.

Contact NCAI Communications Associate with any questions at NCAIpress@ncai.org.

NOTE TO MEDIA:

2018 State of Indian Nations (SOIN) Address

Press registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. EST at the Group Entrance on C Street NW of the Newseum. Please note all press are required to wear press badges at all times and are asked to announce themselves to the moderator of each session they plan on attending.

Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS)

On-site press credentialing for ECWS takes place on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. Credentialed press have access to all plenary sessions, as well as those sessions noted for press access on the agenda.

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About the State of Indian Nations:

Each year, the President of the National Congress of American Indians presents the State of Indian Nations address to members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders and citizens, and the American public. The speech outlines the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.

For more information, visit http://www.ncai.org/about-ncai/state-of-indian-nations.

About the National Congress of American Indians:
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information, visit www.ncai.org.

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