Alaska News

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 …

Alaska City Approves Ban on Texting While Driving

Sitka, Alaska officials have approved an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using their cellphones while driving. The measure approved by the Sitka Assembly last week bans more cellphone uses while driving than state law, which only prohibits texting while behind …

Ash from Southwest Alaska Volcano Rises 20,000 Feet

A remote and active volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted, sending ash 20,000 feet into the air, scientists said. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Pavlof Volcano, which is about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage and roughly 40 miles from …

Earthquakes Hit South Central Alaska, Aleutians

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake that hit south-central Alaskawas felt in the state’s largest city, Anchorage, and was one of several recent quakes in the area. The National Tsunami Warning Center says the quake hit at 12:57 p.m. on Saturday and was …

PCI Hails Consumer Benefit of Alaska’s Proposed Insurance Law

Alaska consumers will benefit from a proposed law that will enable insurers to use insurance scoring when a homeowner or auto policy is renewed, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. SB 127 was passed out of the …

Source of Devastating 1964 Alaska Tsunami Discovered

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have solved a 50-year natural science mystery: the undersea source of tsunami waves that devastated a remote Alaska village following the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. Underwater landslides at depths of 820 to 1,150 feet …

Kenai Peninsula Agencies Brief Alaska Governor on Quake

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has lauded the efforts of Kenai Peninsula agencies in their response to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that resulted in highway damage and the destruction of four homes. Representatives of public safety departments, utility companies and public …

Alaska’s M7.1 Quake Puts Focus on State’s Emergency Preparedness

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska’s most populous region has renewed focus on the state’s readiness to deal with a natural disaster. And it’s not just earthquakes that pose a danger across the vast state but also wildfires, floods, landslides …

Quake Widely Felt in Anchorage Area, Officials Say

Officials say a moderate earthquake was widely felt as it rumbled beneath the Anchorage, Alaska area, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the magnitude-4.8 temblor struck at 7:05 p.m. Sunday and was …

USGS Says M4.6 Quake Struck Southern Alaska

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck in southern Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit just after 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday and was centered about 48 miles northwest of Valdez and 93 miles east-northeast of Anchorage. …