Alaska News

Alaska Fatal Airplane Crash Getting NTSB Hearing

A National Transportation Safety Board investigative hearing in Alaska next month on a fatal commercial airplane crash will be the first held outside of Washington, D.C., in nearly 20 years. The board is conducting an investigative hearing Aug. 17 on …

Earthquake Center Confirms 2 Quakes Hit Alaska

Two small earthquakes have hit Alaska, one on the state’s northern end and another in the south, the Alaska Earthquake Center confirmed. The center says a magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck a spot 64.3 miles northeast of Arctic Village, a community …

First Uber Driver in Alaska’s Denali Hits The Streets

Denali’s first Uber driver has hit the streets following Gov. Bill Walker’s recent signing of a ridesharing bill. The first thing Noah Treky, 36, did was turn on his Uber app after the governor’s approval in June, The Fairbanks Daily …

Alaska Marijuana Board to Revisit On-Site Consumption

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three different options for on-site marijuana consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting. Board member Loren Jones’s proposal would make it legal to try marijuana then leave. The site couldn’t have …

Alaska Governor Signs Bill Paving Way for Uber, Lyft in the Frontier State

Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation paving a way for ride-share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to do business in Alaska. Anchorage Republican Sen. Mia Costello, a supporter of the measure, called it a jobs bill. The bill classifies …

Alaska Hosts Plate Tectonics Research Effort

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America’s shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports basic science research is completing …

Quake Strikes Western End of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit the Andreanof Islands on the far western end of Alaska’s Aleutian chain. The National Earthquake Information Center says that at 8:36 p.m. local time the earthquake hit a spot about 72 miles (116 kilometers) west …

Alaska’s 24/7 Earthquake Monitors on Budget Chopping Block

Alaska might lose its 24/7 earthquake monitors due to budget cuts. The Juneau Empire reported that as of March 1, more than 25 percent of the Alaska Regional Seismic Network has been offline. Since 2013, staff has decreased from 20 …

Small Alaskan Quake Shakes Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula

A light earthquake was felt throughout the Kenai Peninsula and in the Anchorage area, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 4.0 quake was centered about 30 miles southwest of Anchorage. It …

Magnitude 4.6 Quake Hits Central Alaska, Officials Say

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake rattled central Alaska over the weekend, officials confirmed. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and was centered 110 miles northwest of Anchorage at a depth of 78 miles. Police …