Articles by Rachel D'Oro

Damage from Massive Alaska Earthquake Evident at Military Base

Last week’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems, military officials said Friday. But as with the rest of the earthquake zone, …

Selfie-Takers Told to Stay away from Quake-Buckled Road in Alaska

With sizable shockwaves still emanating from last week’s powerful earthquake, authorities in Alaska are urging the selfie-taking public to stay away from a road that was badly mangled. Some photos posted on social media show people even climbing into large …

Alaska Wildfires Grow, Prompt Evacuations

Intensifying wildfires in Alaska have led to evacuations in several parts of the state, including a tiny village where residents fled on boats. A firefighter on one blaze also was treated for a bear bite after encountering the animal while …

Tsunami Warning Centers in Alaska, Hawaii Open Despite Shutdown

Despite the partial government shutdown, Americans have a full team of scientists tracking every possibility for an earthquake-triggered tsunami. The nation’s two tsunami warning centers remain fully staffed and operating around the clock in Alaska and Hawaii. Stuart Weinstein is …

Alaskans Brace for Possible Volcanic Eruption

Maree Shogren knows firsthand the toxic power of a volcano, so don’t blame her for being a little freaked out about the expected eruption of Alaska’s Mount Redoubt. The Anchorage woman vividly recalls the 1992 eruption of Mount Spurr, how …

Alaska Fishing Town Braces for Court Look at Exxon Valdez Spill

For many in the coastal town of Cordova, Alaska, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster was an event so crushing that hard-bitten fishermen still get teary-eyed recalling ruined livelihoods, broken marriages and suicides. But mostly, people in Cordova talk about the …

Alaska Fishing Town Braces for Court Look at Exxon Valdez Spill

For many in the coastal town of Cordova, Alaska, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster was an event so crushing that hard-bitten fishermen still get teary-eyed recalling ruined livelihoods, broken marriages and suicides. But mostly, people in Cordova talk about the …