environment

Hope McKenney/KUCB and Dennis Robinson

Voters asked mayoral hopefuls Dennis Robinson and Vince Tutiakoff Sr. about Unalaska's economy, environment, and potential as a future military base during last week's Candidates Forum. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Thousands of dead seabirds washed up on Alaska's shores this summer, marking the state's fifth straight year of mass die-offs.

The carcasses have ranged from short-tailed shearwaters in Unalaska and Bristol Bay to auklets and murres in Nome and Kotzebue.

Alaska Earthquake Center/ U.S. Geological Survey

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook Unalaska and Akutan over the weekend.

The quake struck Saturday at 5:25 a.m. about 20 miles south of Akutan, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center and U.S. Geological Survey.

It hit about 44 miles deep

While some slept through the event, several people in both Aleutian communities reported feeling a slight shaking that lasted about 30 seconds. There have been no reports of damage.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Last month marked the hottest, driest July in the Aleutian Islands in 95 years.

The conditions matched the larger trend across Alaska, which experienced below-average rainfall and record-breaking heat.  

While the Lower 48 posted significantly above-average temperatures in July, it was Alaska's warmest month on record since 1925,  according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Jessica Tran/Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office

St. Paul Island's rogue rat has met its demise after 10 months of evading capture and living large at the local fish plant.

The rat was found dead last weekend by a visiting birder. The discovery has sent tempered relief throughout the community, which has worked for decades to remain rodent-free.

St. Paul is a haven for millions of nesting seabirds. It's also one of the few island communities in the world that has been able to protect its rich wildlife from invasive rodents.

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