Tsunami video to air on Alaska Public TV

Sea Grant-produced video highlights 1964 tsunamis, research

6 January 2005

Contact: Kurt Byers, Education Services Manager, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, 907-474-6702, fnkmb1@uaf.edu
NR: SG-2005/NB024

Fairbanks, Alaska—KUAC Alaska One Television will air Ocean Fury: Tsunamis in Alaska Thursday, January 6, 2005, at 7 p.m., and again Friday, January 7, at 10:30 p.m.

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The documentary was produced by the Alaska Sea Grant Program with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Producer Kurt Byers led a team of videographers and researchers to recount the events of March 27, 1964, when a 9.2 magintude quake triggered multiple tsuanmis that killed more than 100 people and devastated the Alaska coastal communities of Kodiak, Seward, and Valdez, among others.

This program commemorates the 40th anniversary of the disaster, and features new interviews with survivors. They describe in chilling detail what they saw and the thoughts that raced through their minds as they watched the black waves attack their communities that fateful day.

The program also presents the science of tsunamis using 3-D computer graphics, and provides information about how to prepare for tsunamis. The program describes Alaska Sea Grant-funded tsunami modeling research by the late Juergen Kienle, Zygmunt Kowalik, and Elena Suleimani.

The video also has been accepted into the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival January 28-30, 2005.

The video is available as VHS or DVD from Alaska Sea Grant for $20.