Alaska News

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tsunami advisory canceled for Alaska after volcanic eruption near Tonga

A tsunami advisory has been canceled for Alaska after an undersea volcano erupted near Tonga. Some Alaska communities did see significant waves, but officials did not issue an evacuation warning. “We’re not going to try to put you in a warning right now,” Scott Langley, senior electronics technician for the National Tsunami Warning Center, told KUCB Saturday morning. An advisory means a dangerous wave is on the way, according to the National Weather Service — but the wave is expected to be between 1 to 3 feet. The Tsunami Warning Center canceled the advisory for Alaska in a bulletin issued at 3:31 p.m., though it remained in effect for the California coast. Earlier bulletins included coastal areas from Southeast Alaska to the western Aleutians.
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Friday, January 14, 2022

Alaska Division of Forestry offering virtual wildland firefighting class in February

Alaskans looking to start a career in wildland firefighting don’t have to wait until spring to take a class that will qualify them to work this summer. The Alaska Division of Forestry is piloting a new basic wildland firefighting (Red Card) class to be held Feb. 14-25. The course will be offered statewide through the online Navigate platform and features both virtual and in-person components. Students need access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, as well as high-speed internet. The registration deadline for the class is Feb. 8. Cost is $55 with purchase of an e-book or $73 for a paperback book. Students may apply for financial assistance if they cannot afford the class. The class includes an in-person field day at a local Area office later this spring. Students can schedule a date and location for their field day and fitness test when they register.
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