September 4, 2013
USGS Releases the SAFRR Tsunami Scenario Report
SAFRR releases the Tsunami Scenario report describing two years of work to study the potential implications of a tsunami caused by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake offshore of the Alaskan Peninsula. A multi-disciplinary team including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Geological Survey (CGS), and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) looked at what such an event could mean to the coastal residents, visitors, infrastructure, economy, and environment in California. The report is published jointly as a report of the USGS and CGS, available through USGS publications on September 4th.
Upon the release, the California Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program is convening a series of workshops with the USGS to explain the results of the study to stakeholders in the coastal communities of California. The workshops are hosted by the Cabrillo Aquarium (Sept. 4), Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (Sept. 5), San Diego County Office of Emergency Management (Sept. 6), Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Management (Sept. 9), and the Port of San Francisco (Sept. 10).
The intended users of the Tsunami Scenario are those who need to make mitigation decisions before tsunamis and will need to make rapid decisions during and after tsunamis. The intent is that new information provided by the Tsunami Scenario will help these important players understand the context and consequences of their decisions.