Surviving a Tsunami: Is Alaska ready for the next big wave?

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2006

For Immediate Release 

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 Monday, February 13. "Surviving a Tsunami: Is Alaska Ready for the Next Big Wave?" will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. All ages are welcome! 

This is the fourth 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 

Elena Suleimani, Geophysical Institute Research Analyst: 474-7997 
Marc Perry, On-site Coordinator: (907) 786-1260