A long thread--Well, that was an interesting night. There was a powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake around 10:15pm 75 miles south of Kodiak in the Gulf of Alaska which triggered a tsunami warning that included Seward, where I'm working on the boat.
I did feel it here. It felt like the wind rocking the boat, not violent at all, but it went on for a really long time. I got an automated safety alert on my phone around 10:25, followed by a call from Devany to evacuate a couple of minutes later.
I grabbed the computer, jumped in the truck, headed uphill out of town about 5 miles, and parked in one of the pull-offs on the Seward Highway by 10:35, which gradually filled up with other cars and motorhomes.
Seward is full of tourists this time of year, so they got a thrill, especially the ones in RV's camped right on the waterfront.
Of course, no cellphone reception out there, and the only radio station I could get is the local Public Radio repeater station in Seward where the local guy was using his laptop to cut in and do live programming, and every time he tried to look up information on his laptop it
would crash him off the air for a bit. It was small town at its absolute finest. I listened to him for more than two hours and he never once said his name. You could hear the tsunami warning sirens going off every five minutes through his microphone.
The guy did a pretty remarkable job given the fact that he was by himself with no resources. He was bummed out that the Olympics watch party at 3:30am was canceled because all of Seward was hoping Lydia Jacoby might swim again in the relay.
He finally got a notice with potential tsunami arrival times for Seward, which was 1st wave at 12:20am. Great, now I get to sit here for an hour and a half listening for updates--as he keeps knocking himself off the air for minutes at a time.
Just before midnight, the first wave reports started coming in--a one-foot wave at Sand Point, so now we're thinking "this might be okay". Nothing to report from Kodiak. We all held our breath as 12:20 came--and went. No wave in Seward. Phew.
The official all-clear is sounded and time to head back to the boatyard.
The main lesson learned? You really do not want to be on a side street where you're going to sit for a very long time until there's a break in the miles-long traffic jam of everyone trying to get home.
So that's my first official Tsunami evacuation. Good times in Alaska! #Alaska #Seward #earthquakes #tsunami #TsunamiWarning

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