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Courtesy Roger Blakeley

The National Weather Service canceled a tsunami warning for the Gulf of Alaska this morning, after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kodiak around 12:30 a.m.

In Unalaska, tsunami sirens started blaring at 1:50 a.m. – and residents were encouraged to move at least 50 feet above sea level.

Around 200 people sheltered at city hall and the clinic including Iata Akopo. He’s new to Unalaska, but in 2009 he experienced a major tsunami at home in Samoa.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

This year Ravn Alaska will start flying new routes in southwest Alaska, but at this point there’s no indication they’ll add legs to Unalaska.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

 

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man Saturday off a bulk carrier 122 miles southwest of Adak.

According to a USCG press release, crewmembers of a Jayhawk helicopter were able to lift the man from the 652-foot-carrier and transfer him to a LifeMed aircrew in Adak.

The 27-year-old was suffering from symptoms of appendicitis. At the time, the vessel Snowy was in 29 mile per hour winds and 13 foot seas.

Courtesy of Marine Exchange Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard is escorting a vessel back to Unalaska after it lost use of an engine last week.

The Resolve Pioneer was returning from Asia when it hit a snag in the western Pacific Ocean, somewhere southwest of Attu.

“We think there might be some fishing line or a net wrapped around one of the propellers,” said John O’Grady of Resolve Magone Marine, the salvage and rescue company that owns the vessel.

Courtesy of Nate Julian

PenAir has narrowed down the cause of an engine failure that forced one of airplanes to make an emergency landing in Sand Point earlier this month.

“The engine appears to have suffered from a compressor stall,” or a disruption to the turbine’s airflow, according to spokesperson Missy Roberts. 

The reason behind that disruption is still unclear.

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