Alaska News

USGS: M5.7 Earthquake Off Alaska Over Weekend Felt by Few

The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a magnitude-5.7 earthquake in the western Aleutian Islands but it wasn’t felt by any Alaska communities. The quake hit early Saturday at a depth of about 6 miles. The epicenter was near the …

Alaska Becomes 3rd State to Legalize it

Alaska has become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying degrees of legal acceptance of the drug for 40 …

5.8 Quake Struck in Remote Alaska

An earthquake struck in a remote area of Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain and there were no reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.8 temblor occurred at 6:47 p.m. Friday and was centered about 65 miles …

Alaska School District Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit for $920K

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in Alaska has agreed to pay $920,000 to the family of a student who said he was sexually assaulted by a high school tutor. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the settlement was reached …

5.0M Earthquake Felt In Alaska’s Interior

Seismologists say a moderate earthquake struck Alaska and was felt in communities of the state’s interior. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:36 p.m. Monday. State seismologist Michael West says the quake was centered about …

Alaska City Asks Court To Halt Uber

Anchorage, Alaska is taking court action to stop ride-sharing company Uber from operating in the city. The city requested an injunction and a temporary restraining order against Uber Technologies Inc. in civil superior court on Friday, KTUU reported. Uber provides …

Interior Alaska Shaken by Series of Quakes

A series of earthquakes shook Interior Alaska during the Labor Day weekend, the strongest of which was a magnitude-5.07 that set off more than 200 aftershocks. The strongest quake, centered about 45 miles northwest of Fairbanks, near Minto, hit Saturday …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Allstate Seeks Agents in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii

Allstate Insurance Co. plans to add several local agency owners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii in 2014. Allstate’s plan is to recruit 51 new exclusive agents, 13 financial specialists and the company expects agency owners will be looking to add 102 sales producers. “Allstate is …

Alaska Homeowner Fills 8-Story Mystery Sinkhole

Geophysicists don’t know what caused a sinkhole measuring about 80 feet deep to appear in a Fairbanks, Alaska resident’s yard last week. And they might never know. Homeowner Al Schultz had safety concerns about the hole, which measure about 4 …