In the early morning of January 23, an 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit near Kodiak Alaska.
The approximate timeline for the Earthquake and resulting Tsunami alert, from January 23, 2018 was as follows:
- 1:30 am: A 7.9 magnitude earthquake shakes the pacific ocean near Kodiak Alaska.
- 2:06 am: A tsunami alert is issued.
- 3:00 am: Notice received from Juan de Fuca emergency team, saying that “It is expected as 0.3m wave will arrive on our shores around 0555.”
- 4:35 am: Alert is cancelled.
SPN chatted with the Sooke Fire Chief, Kenn Mount in the early afternoon.
Mount said that the District’s Fire Station was a hub of activity during the time of the alert, with 26 people helping out within an hour. There were four command utility trucks monitoring Whiffen Spit and Billings Spit. Mount said their response was measured and calculated, with updates regularly provided on the District’s website and the Sooke Fire Rescue Service’s Facebook page. Many people reached out to, and got information from, the District’s Emergency Operations Centre, said Mount. Their recommendation during the time of the alert was to “shelter in place.”
Response was complicated by someone pulling a fire alarm in Saseenos, and there was also an early morning car fire on Connie Road. The Fire Department and the local RCMP were monitoring the situation.
What was your experience? Where did you look for information? Did you feel informed? What could have been done differently? We at SPN want to hear from you!
From Sooke Fire Rescue Service
From Otter Point