In August 2011, FEMA and the State inititated the first phase of a multi-hazard risk assessment for earthquake, tsunami and flood hazards in the Kodiak Island Borough.
Kodiak Island is highly vulnerable to both earthquake and tsunami hazards. In 1964, the island experienced a magnitude 9.2 earthquake which brought massive tsunami waves and destruction. Kodiak Island Borough has also encountered notable flood events in recent years. In October of 2009, Kodiak Island experienced severe storms that caused heavy rainfall and widespread flooding across the borough resulting in a presidential disaster declaration in December of 2009.
The Risk Report, Earthquake Risk Assessment for the City of Kodiak and Adjacent Areas, summarizes the impacts from three scenario earthquakes at the City of Kodiak, and on the built environment along the road system (City of Kodiak to Narrow Cape and Cape Chiniak), including U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak in Woman’s Bay.
The report provides non-regulatory information to help local or Tribal officials, floodplain managers, planners, emergency managers, and others better understand their risk to natural hazards, take steps to mitigate those risks, and communicate those risks to their citizens and local businesses.
The report is intended to be used for the following purposes:
The risk products provided under FEMA’s Risk MAP program are available and intended for community use, but are not tied to the regulatory development and insurance requirements nor are required to be used. They may be used as regulatory products by communities if state and local enabling authorities authorize their use. Possible users of this report include local elected officials, community planners, emergency managers, public works officials, and other special Interests.
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588 Fax (907)269-4539