SSA 2014 Annual Meeting

Field Trip Information

Field Trip #1: The 1964 Earthquake, Tsunamis, Paleoseismology, and Subduction Processes in Southcentral Alaska – Sold Out

Turnagain Arm from Beluga Point

Leaders: Peter Haeussler (USGS, Anchorage) & Ian Shennan (University of Durham)

Fee: $90 – Sold Out

Field trip Group 1 will leave at 8 AM and Group 2 will leave at 9 AM on Saturday, 03 May 2014 (the day following the close of the regular meeting program) from the Anchorage Hilton lobby and return at approximately 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Please do not plan to catch a flight that evening as we cannot guarantee the bus will return on schedule.

This one-day field trip will travel along beautiful Turnagain Arm from Anchorage to Whittier and back – 120 miles, round trip. The field trip will feature stops that highlight effects and lessons learned from the 1964 M9.2 Great Alaska earthquake. The first stop will be at the famous Turnagain Heights landslide, which slid up to 610 m. The next stop will be in rocks of the Mesozoic accretionary complex, to show processes that occurred at seismogenic depths and discuss the long-term tectonic history of the region. The next stop will be at the Girdwood flats. This is a world-class paleoseismic site, which has excellent exposures of the stratigraphy of the 1964 earthquake and beautiful views of the ghost forest, which developed after the forest tree roots dropped into the intertidal zone. The next stop will be at Portage Lake, to discuss the history of the Little Ice Age in the region. The bus will then travel thru a unique 4 km long tunnel to the community of Whittier (population 150), at the western edge of Prince William Sound. Here, submarine landslide processes will be discussed that led to local tsunami generation and loss of 13 lives in the 1964 earthquake.

It is MANDATORY for people to have calf height rubber boots at the Girdwood stop. This is not a mere suggestion. They can be purchased at the Army Navy Store, which is in walking distance from the Egan Center. People may get muddy. Participants should bring rain gear as there is a reasonable chance of rain and a high chance of wind. Expect temperatures from the 40s to the 60s.

Field Trip #2: Tour of the National Tsunami Warning Center – Sold Out

National Tsunami Warning Center

Leader: Paul Whitmore (NOAA/NWS National Tsunami Warning Center)

Fee: $30 – Sold Out

Come see one of two Tsunami Warning Centers in the USA. In this tour, you will see an active seismic observatory which monitors the entire planet and focuses on producing fast earthquake analysis and response. The Center also specializes in tsunami forecasting with forecasts based on the earthquake analysis and refined with tsunami observations. The tour will be indoors, though if time permits we will step outside to see a seismic vault.

The Center is in Palmer, Alaska, approximately 45 minutes from Anchorage. We will take two groups to tour the Center. Buses leave from the Hilton Lobby.

Friday Evening, May 2

  • Bus 1 departs 6:30 PM, returns approximately 9:30 PM – sorry, sold out
  • Bus 2 departs 7:30 PM, returns approximately 10:30 PM – sorry, sold out

Saturday Morning, May 3

  • Bus departs 8:30 AM, returns approximately 11:30 AM – sorry, sold out

(Each tour is limited to 20 people.)

Field Trip Refund Policy

100% refund for cancellations made on or before April 1, 2014. Registration fees for the field trip and workshop are not refundable after April 1 UNLESS we find a person to fill your spot, in which case the fee is 100% refundable.