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ACR-114 California Tsunami Awareness Week.(2011-2012)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 114

Relative to California Tsunami Awareness Week.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  March 22, 2012. ]


ACR 114, Monning. California Tsunami Awareness Week.
This measure would designate March 25 through March 31, 2012, as California Tsunami Awareness Week.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Pacific devastated parts of Japan resulting in the loss of over 15,000 lives and billions of dollars in damage. The effects of this earthquake reached coastal communities throughout the world and impacted many of California’s coastal communities; and
WHEREAS, Tsunamis are generated by any large, impulsive displacement of the sea level. The most common cause of a tsunami is sea floor uplift associated with an earthquake. Tsunamis are also triggered by landslides into or under the water surface, and can be generated by volcanic activity and meteorite impact; and
WHEREAS, On average, two tsunamis occur per year throughout the world, inflicting damage near the source; and
WHEREAS, Tsunamis range in size from inches to over a hundred feet. In deep water (greater than 600 feet), tsunamis are rarely over 3 feet and are not normally noticed by ships due to their long period (time between crests); and
WHEREAS, As tsunamis propagate into shallow water, the wave height can increase by over 10 times; and
WHEREAS, Tsunami heights vary greatly along a coast, and a large tsunami can flood low-lying coastal land over a mile from the coast; and
WHEREAS, Earthquakes and landslides on the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington pose the greatest threat of tsunamis that can reach California’s coastline in less than 60 minutes; and
WHEREAS, An earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone, off the coast of northern California, could trigger a tsunami that could reach land within minutes; and
WHEREAS, A tsunami caused by a very large earthquake elsewhere on the Pacific Rim could reach the California coast many hours after the earthquake; and
WHEREAS, The most devastating tsunami to affect California in recent history was from the magnitude 9.2 Alaskan earthquake of 1964. Areas of northern California experienced a six-meter (20-foot) tsunami wave that flooded low-lying communities, such as Crescent City, and river valleys, killing 11 people; and
WHEREAS, The March 11, 2011, tsunami that reached California caused an estimated $48 million of damage along the California coastline, with almost $25 million of damage to the Santa Cruz Harbor, and $16 million of damage to the Crescent City Harbor; and
WHEREAS, The lack of warning for seismic events and potential speed with which a tsunami can strike demonstrates the importance for the millions of Californians who enjoy the California coastline to have a plan and prepare themselves and their families for such a disaster; and
WHEREAS, It is important for citizens to know evacuation routes and potential hazard zones for their communities; and
WHEREAS, Most coastal communities have an evacuation plan and designated safe areas; and
WHEREAS, In light of the tragic events on March 11, 2011, the California Emergency Management Agency, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, have designated March 25 through March 31, 2012, as “Tsunami Awareness Week”; and
WHEREAS, “Tsunami Awareness Week” is a nationally coordinated effort that the California Seismic Safety Commission and the California Emergency Management Agency are promoting here in California through continued outreach and education; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the week of March 25 through March 31, 2012, be designated as “California Tsunami Awareness Week” to create public awareness of the necessity for residents of California coastline communities to actively prepare and plan for the possibility of tsunamis; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.