Alaska News

Tsunami Bulletin Issued Following Alaska Quake

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Alaska on Monday, according to a National Weather Service alert. The quake was located in the Rat Islands, which are part of the Aleutian Island chain. NWS said the deep quake, …

Alaskan Volcano’s Alert Level Reduced to Orange

Rumblings under Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano have diminished, but scientists are keeping an eye on the state’s most active volcano in case it sends up another ash cloud. The volcano sent an ash plume to 22,000 feet Monday, and it drifted …

Alaska Wildfire Grows After Evacuations

Rain forecast this week in Alaska may help crews gain control over a massive wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds. The Funny River Fire in …

Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake

U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …

Exxon Valdez 25 Years Later, Spill Effects Linger in Alaska

Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the largest oil spill in the U.S. The 987-foot (300-meter) tanker, carrying 53 million gallons (200 …

Alaska Sues Over North Pole Refinery Contamination

The state of Alaska has sued current and former owners of a North Pole refinery, claiming both caused or failed to stop a chemical spill that has damaged soil and groundwater. The lawsuit claims current owner Flint Hills Resources and …

Alaska Earthquakes Felt In Communities

Seismologists say two Alaska earthquakes were felt in communities this week. One earthquake occurred at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday in the Cook Inlet region of the state. The 4.6 magnitude quake was centered 62 miles southwest of Homer, where it was …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

Court Revives Lawsuit Against BP Over Alaska Oil Spill Statements

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC over statements the company made in the wake of a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

Alaska City Says No to Schools Insurance Pool

Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have appealed to the Interior delegation to block a bill that would require Alaska school districts to pool employee health insurance plans. Senate Bill 90, sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has been billed as …