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Alaska Scientists Find Slope with Tsunami Potential

Alaska scientists have found a second slope that has the potential to create a landslide or a destructive tsunami to its surrounding area. The slope in the Prince William Sound area is next to a previously discovered slope that Alaska …

Homes Destroyed in Multiple Alaska Mudslides

Homes are believed to have been destroyed and at least two people are unaccounted for after multiple mudslides in the Alaska community of Haines on Wednesday, authorities said. The largest slide, about 600 feet wide, hit early Wednesday afternoon and …

2 Moderate Quakes Confirmed Around Aleutian Communities in Alaska

Two sizable earthquakes in the North Pacific on Tuesday shook several communities in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska but there were no immediate reports of damage, the Alaska Earthquake Center confirmed. The center reported a magnitude 6.3 earthquake was recorded …

Alaska Governor Makes New Emergency Virus Declaration

Alaska’s governor has announced a new COVID-19 disaster declaration for the state that will take effect Nov. 16 and last 30 days. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the updated declaration on Friday, ahead of the scheduled expiration of the emergency …

Alaska Using $50M in Virus Relief for Ailing Fishing Industry

The state of Alaska released a plan to divide $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding payments among fishing industry workers affected by the pandemic. The state Department of Fish and Game proposed a split between charter guides, the commercial …

Alaska Pilot’s Blood Alcohol Was 5 Times Over Limit, Report Shows

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed an Alaska airplane pilot involved in a fatal crash had a blood-alcohol level more than five times above the legal limit for pilots to fly. The final NTSB crash report said pilot Charles Weimer …

Anchorage Mayor Imposing New Restrictions Amid COVID-19 Cases

The mayor of Anchorage is limiting gathering sizes and the number of people allowed in bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in response to rising coronavirus cases. The order, by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, takes effect Friday and says that due to …

Magnitude 7.8 Quake Hits Alaska Isles, Tsunami Threat Didn’t Materialize

A powerful 7.8 earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula late Tuesday, triggering a tsunami warning that sent residents fleeing to higher ground before it was called off without any damaging waves. Hundreds wore masks against the spread of the coronavirus as …

Anchorage Naming Businesses Visited by Customers with Virus

The Anchorage Department of Health released a list of businesses where people who later tested positive for COVID-19 spent extended periods of time. The health department named 19 locations in the Municipality of Anchorage, Palmer and Seward to which the …

Judge Sides With Transgender Alaska Librarian in Employee Benefits Case

An Alaska healthcare plan that has excluded coverage of gender-confirming surgery for transgender employees is discriminatory, a federal judge ruled. The decision came in a 2018 case filed against the state by Jennifer Fletcher, a legislative librarian who said she …