CITY HALL
EMERGENCY BULLETIN #18
15 April 1964, (Wednesday)
(Prepared by Karl Armstrong)

MARY CAROL CREW SAFE
Skipper Doug Putansu and his crew of three are reported safe aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Washusett this morning. Their vessel, Mary Carol, which had been damaged in the tidal waves, sank about 45 miles Southeast of Cape Chiniak. Rather than risk loss of further units of our already badly depleted fishing fleets in attempts to take damaged vessels outside for repairs, boatowners ARE UDGED TO AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF THE BIG DRYDOCK NOW ENROUTE TO KODIAK FROM SAN DIEGO. The drydock is large enough to handle any vessels in the area which were damaged.

POTATO PATCH
A general condemnation order was issued by the Alaska Dept. of Health today ondemming all the miscellaneous debris, houses, and parts of houses, etc., etc., which were destroyed or moved by tidal action into Potato Patch Lake. The Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks have been assigned the job of cleaning up the lake and surrounding area.

RED FLEET
Vigorous protests have been made about the Russian fleet fishing for king crab in the Cherikov Island area by Oscar Dyson who flew out to observe the operations. City Manager, Ralph Jones this morning received the following wire from U.S. Senator E.L. Bartlett: "RECEIVED THIS MORNING YOUR TELEGRAM QUOTING DYSON LETTER. THIS AFTERNOON MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF STATE AND INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS AND PRESENTED OUR CASE AS STRONGLY AS POSSIBLE ADDITIONALLY ALTHOUGH REPRESENTATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE BY TELEPHONE SINCE WORD FIRST RECEIVED OF ARRIVAL OF SOVIET FACTORY SHIP AND CATCHER BOATS. I AM SENDING VIGOROUS PROTEST TO SECRETARY OF INTERIOR. WILLIAM C. FOSTER, SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE STAFF COUNSEL WHO IS INTIMATELY CONCERNED ¥ITH THIS PROBLEM WILL BE KODIAK THIS COMING WEEKEND."

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
There will be a regular meeting of the Kodiak Area Chamber of Commerce at noon tomorrow at the Montmartre Inn.

BUSINESSES REOPEN
Electronics Associates have reopened for business on the Base Road. The Polar Bear Cafe will reopen today. They had to close yesterday after the tremor caused the front legs of their huge restaurant oil range to collapse and Tommy Gallagher is busy getting it jacked back up again. The Kodiak Mirror is located in the rear of the employment office with the entrance at the rear of the building.

PTA MEETING
There will be a meeting of the PTA this Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the high school according to PTA President Reverend Don Bullock.

OLD HARBOR
Six villagers comprising an advance party to determine where and how to rebuild Old Harbor in the immediate area of it's original site departed for the village site at 6:00 a.m. this morning aboard the vessel Fern. A shipment of tents and supplies for a temporary settlement accompanied the group of six.

EARTHQUAKE DOCTOR HERE
Dr. Saint-Amand of the Navy's Earth & Planetary Dept. has been in Kodiak several days studying the effects of the recent Good Friday quake and the tremors which have occured since. Dr. Amand appeared on radio and television yesterday to give a report on what happened and what is happening now. He assured residents that there was little likelihood of another quake the intensity of the March 27th quake which caused the seismic tidal waves. He said that the people of this island as well as people in the Copper River area will simply have to learn to live with the tremors which he anticipates will continue through the next two years as the earth readjusts itself. He said the tremors should and would probably decrease in their intensity as time goes by and insisted that our frame buildings were the safest type of structures to be in during such tremors or quakes. He also said that the concrete structures he had looked at in this area appear to be built sturdily enough that they should withstand the tremors. His advise was to remain within your homes away from windows where shattering glass might injure. He especially cautioned people NOT TO RUN OUTSIDE where falling chimney bricks or other debris might strike them. According to statistics the great majority of persons receiving injuries in quakes are those who had run outside. He suggested that each family plan out a "quake routine" assigning to each family member, including the children, a specific task which they are to handle at the time the quake was occuring. He said his family, which has been through many major quakes follows this routine idea. Tasks he suggested were: turn off stove or any fires, turn off main electric switch, latch cupboard doors. He said each family could work out it's own routine. He also explained that the seismic tidal actions are produced by relatively long quaking action. He lauded the people throughout Alaska for their morale and presence of mind in recent days. " We all know that the people of Alaska have guts," he commented. He assured area residents there should be no danger of another major quake and also emphasized his opinion that although in some cases there is a general settling down of land masses toward their original, that this quake was such as to suggest almost positively that Kodiak would remain about 5 feet lower. He pointed out that this did carry advantages in that it meant deeper harbors and also said that history offers conclusive proof that areas struck by such great disaster always were rebuilt bigger and better than previously. Dr. Amand asked the cooperation of the people of Kodiak Island area in reporting all cracks and fissures or unusual changes in island areas believed caused by the quake and/or the tidal waves, Reports should be made to the Fleet Weather Central at the Naval Station. Cmdr. A. L. Dodson, who interviewed Dr. Amand on TV last night, said Fleet Weather would coordinate the reports here. Dr. Amand in his summary re-emphasized that residents should not be unduly alarmed over the recurring tremors during the next two years. He left for California today.

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