Articles by DAN JOLING

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 …

New Tsunami Hazard Found in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

Geologists in Alaska have found evidence that a 125-mile section of the eastern Aleutian Islands that was once considered unlikely to generate earthquakes may be a future source of temblors – as well as potentially devastating tsunamis that could hit …

Alaska Governor Declares Disaster From Fire In Interior Village

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has declared a state disaster in response to a fire that crippled water service in the village of Alatna. The boiler fire April 15 damaged the community’s multi-purpose building and caused electrical damage that knocked out …

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 …

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 …

Court Rejects Appeal of Wasilla Homicide Lawsuit

The children of a woman killed by her husband at the home of a friend can’t collect damages from the homeowner because she engaged in a kiss and provocative dancing, Alaska Supreme Court ruled. The homeowner, who was shot and …

Conocophillips Reaches Deals Over Alaska Spills

ConocoPhillips has agreed to federal and state civil penalties of about $200,000 for spills of crude oil and contaminated water from corroded pipe in Alaska’s Kuparuk Oil Field in 2006 and 2007. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. also agreed to reimburse the …

Alaska Increases Estimate of Salmon Disaster

Alaska’s Commerce commissioner says the disaster from poor king salmon returns was worse than first estimated. In a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, Susan Bell says commercial fishery permit holders lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue. She …

Alaska Railroad: Flood Damage, Lost Revenue May Top $1M

Washouts of railroad track after heavy rains and revenue lost because of idled trains are likely to cost the Alaska Railroad more than $1 million, a spokeswoman said Monday. “We’re still tallying the costs,” said Stephenie Wheeler, corporate communications officer. …

Shell Files Pre-Emptive Offshore Drilling Lawsuit

Shell Oil Co. is taking the offensive against environmental groups that have put legal roadblocks in the company’s path to offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The Houston-based company on Wednesday sued 11 Alaska Native or environmental organizations that have …