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Jun 23 2014
No Tsunami Associated with Sizable Aleutian Earthquake PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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Annie Ropeik/KUCB
    A powerful underwater earthquake in the Western Aleutians triggered tsunami alerts for the Aleutian and Pribilof islands Monday afternoon.
    No damages were reported after the magnitude 8.0 quake, recorded just before 1 p.m. on Monday. It happened about 30 miles northwest of Amchitka, about 60 miles underwater.
    Residents in the Western Aleutians reported feeling shaking during the quake, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. And the quake has set off a series of aftershocks, some as strong as a magnitude 6.
    The earthquake also generated a tsunami warning from Attu to Nikolski and in the Pribilof Islands for about two hours Monday. It was then downgraded to an advisory.
    The Unalaska area, from Nikolski to Unimak Pass, was also under an advisory for part of Monday afternoon. It ended around 4 p.m.
    The tsunami alerts stemmed from the force of the quake. But the Earthquake Center’s Natasha Ruppert says tremors at such a depth don’t often create tsunamis.
     “Well, based on its magnitude, there is definitely potential for tsunami in the Aleutian Islands. But based on its depth, I do not expect that there will be a significant tsunami from this earthquake.”
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed tsunami waves about a foot in height or less in Unalaska, Adak and other islands in the region. Those waves are measured at the highest water level above the tide level. They weren’t high enough to do any damage.
    Unalaska’s Department of Public Safety told residents to avoid beaches and harbors during the advisory, but there was no full-scale evacuation to high ground.
    Monday’s earthquake was near an active volcanic island in the Western Aleutians. Semisopochnoi Island has been undergoing a series of small quakes – most around magnitude 2.0 – for the past couple of weeks. But the AEIC's Ruppert says the activity isn’t connected.
    "All earthquakes that are related to volcanoes, they are very shallow, right beneath the surface, and this one is about 100 kilometers deep.”
    It was a busy day for earthquakes in the Pacific, though -- another one with a magnitude 7.2 was recorded in the South Pacific, off New Zealand, about an hour and half before the quake in the Aleutians. Ruppert says it’s possible that one triggered the other – but they don’t know for sure.

 
Jun 23 2014
Reel History: Portrait of a Lady, 79' Fundraising Pitches PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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Marina Cummisky/KMXT

           Hi, I'm Marina Cummiskey, an intern at KMXT as part of the station's summer archiving project. This week I listened to Fisherman/Fisherwoman: A Portrait of a Lady, produced by Jaime Rodriguez in May of 1983.
           "Good evening, I'm Jaime Rodriquez. Recently, a volunteer here at KMXT expressed intrest in a program about women in the fishing industry, specifically as deckhands or skippers. What you are about to hear is a profile of a local lady fisherman as she discusses her career and her struggles to suceed in a field traditionally held by men."
           The fisherwoman, who chose to remain anonymous on the tape, discussed in detail the discrimination she faced while looking for a job. Multiple times she was turned down because she was a woman, and nobody thought she could handle the workload. She expressed her anger toward these people, but ultimately her disappointment with not finding a job.

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Jun 23 2014
King Salmon Catch Prohibited on Ayakulik and Karluk PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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           Anglers along the Ayakulik and Karluk Rivers won’t be able to take home a prized king salmon for the foreseeable future. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday issued an emergency order closure for those rivers, which went into effect on Saturday.
           A press release from fish and game said the closures come as biological escapement goals for those rivers are way below seasonal goals, and likely won’t be achieved.
           The escapement goal for the Ayakulik is 4,000 to 7,000 fish, but as of June 17 only 350 fish had made it up to the weir. On the Karluk, escapement goals are 3,000 to 6,000 fish, but only 256 fish had made it to the weir by June 17.
           As an added precaution to protect Chinook in those rivers, fish and game also prohibited bait use on those rivers. Only single-hook artificial lures are allowed in those areas.

 
Jun 23 2014
MTAB Will Meet in Kodiak This Week PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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           Members of the Marine Highway Transportation Advisory Board will be in Kodiak this week. The group take part in a community reception tonight at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center on Near Island, starting at 5:30 p.m. That will be a chance for people in Kodiak to come out and meet board members, and voice concerns or questions about the marine highway system.
           The reception will also be a chance for folks to provide feedback or input on the Tustumena’s replacement, which will be an agenda item during the board’s meeting tomorrow. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center, and the board will hear a replacement update for the 50-year-old Tustumena, which is currently in the design process. The new ferry is being designed by a naval engineering firm out of Washington, and the hope is to have a final design in place by next summer.
           The advisory board will also hear about the new Alaska Class Ferry’s design and transportation project plans and updates from Kodiak and Southeast Alaska.

 
Jun 23 2014
Boro Approves New Equipment for Bells Flats Park PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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           New playground equipment is coming to the Panamaroff Park in Bells Flats. During Thursday’s Borough Assembly meeting the assembly voted unanimously to purchase more than $58,000 worth of new playground equipment. Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said the contract the assembly voted on was for purchase of the equipment only.
           “We’ll go out to bid for installation of that equipment.”
           The equipment comes from Playcraft Direct, and includes swings, monkeybars, climbing ropes and walls, among other amenities. Panamaroff Park is the only park on the South Russian Creek side of Bells Flats. The area has been without playground equipment for almost a year, after the dilapidated, decades-old former equipment was removed by the borough.
 

 
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