No Tsunami warning issued on TV or radio in Anchorage
A lot of information came out early Tuesday morning when the 7.9 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska. But, one thing people did not see on television or hear on the radio in Anchorage was a tsunami warning issued as part of the emergency alert system.
Those who work with EAS alerts say the first priority is to get the alert out to impacted areas. They say Anchorage was not in the tsunami warning area and wasn't at risk of a tsunami, so no alert was issued in Alaska's largest city.
"Because we do not want to unduly panic the people in Anchorage. That has happened in the past when it was the policy of the state to warn the entire state, including people in Fairbanks. That thought process has changed now," said Dennis Bookey who is co-chair of the State Emergency Communications Committee.
Bookey says new technology allows officials to target the EAS messages to specific areas. He also says officials will now analyze how fast TV and radio stations got the warning. He says he's not aware of any problems with the system.
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