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The U.S. Navy warship USS Somerset has docked in Unalaska. Despite Navy officials' earlier concerns about limited space onboard, the vessel will be open Friday for public tours.

Unalaskans are invited to park their cars and line up at the city dock from 2 to 7 p.m. After clearing a security checkpoint, they'll be taken for tours in groups of 20. 

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Friday marks the end of Alaska's student count period, which determines how much funding public schools receive.

 

To get full funding, schools need at least 10 students. But at the Yakov E. Netsvetov school in Atka, there are only six. Unless four more students enroll, this will be the last year there's a school in Atka.

 

Courtesy of Alain Beauparlant

After more than 40 years of quiet, the Great Sitkin Volcano has grown restless.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) raised its alert level last week after Adak residents reported a steam plume rising 1,000 feet above the summit.

AVO Geophysicist Dave Schneider said the plume is just the latest sign of life at Great Sitkin, which has shown increasing seismic activity since the summer of 2016. That’s why the AVO upgraded its alert level from “normal” to “advisory.”

U.S. Geological Survey / Alaska Earthquake Center

A series of earthquakes shook the Aleutian Islands Monday morning, including a strong 6.4-magnitude quake near Adak.

According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the big event struck at 9 a.m. about 80 miles west of the community, where about 350 people live.

“I would suspect that it was close enough to Adak that they should have felt it, but it’s probably not big enough to cause damage,” said seismologist Natalia Ruppert.

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The city of Adak has downgraded a public notice calling for residents to boil their drinking water, after fixing a broken switch that compromised the water supply for nearly a month.

The community has been advised to boil water since 2007, because Adak’s aging treatment system relies on chlorine gas to disinfect water, rather than filtration.

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