Alaska News

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. …

M6.2 Quake hits off Alaska’s Sparsely Populated Aleutians

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck off Alaska’s sparsely populated Aleutian Islands. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor hit just after 7 a.m. Alaska time on Monday and was centered 58 miles southeast of Atka. Agency geophysicist Don Blakeman says …

Strong Quake Shakes Small Town in Central Alaska

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude-4.8 earthquake hit central Alaska on over the weekend. The agency says the quake’s epicenter is about 60 miles west of the town of Talkeetna, which has an estimated population of 900, and …

U.S. and Alaska Won’t Seek Another $92M From Exxon For Spill Decades Ago

U.S. and Alaska state officials announced on Wednesday they will no longer seek an additional $92 million from Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay for environmental cleanup and restoration stemming from the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly three decades ago. …

Uber Settles with Alaska over Unpaid Workers’ Comp

The ridesharing service Uber has agreed to pay Alaska more than $77,900 in connection to unpaid workers’ compensation insurance for its drivers. In the Aug. 25 settlement, the company admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed not to return to Alaska until …

Second Largest Wildfire Year in History for Alaska

This summer’s fire season has officially become the second biggest on record in Alaska. More than 5,081,000 acres, or 7,940 square miles,  have burned this year. That surpasses the nearly 5.05 million acres burned in 1957 for second place on …