Sea Grant video featured in first Alaska Ocean Film Festival

Ocean Fury depicts 1964 tsunamis, research

8 March 2005

Contact: Kurt Byers, Education Services Manager, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, 907-474-6702,
NR: SG-2005/NB026

Anchorage, Alaska—The Alaska Oceans Program, Alaska Center for the Environment, and the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will kick off the first Alaska Ocean Film Festival in Anchorage, March 10.

The Alaska festival will feature a selection of films from the San Francisco event while also incorporating Alaska based films highlighting the wonders of the North Pacific.

The keynote film is Ocean Fury: Tsunamis in Alaska, produced by Alaska Sea Grant communications manager Kurt Byers. The 25-minute video explains the cause of the 1964 Alaska tsunamis and highlights research aimed preparing Alaska coastal communities for the next one.

The video begins with interviews of people in Seward, Kodiak, and Valdez who describe in chilling detail what they saw when the black waves attacked their towns 40 years ago, killing more than 100 individuals. It also describes how the tsunami warning system operates in Alaska and explains how people should react when an earthquake occurs.