Search crews recovered a second body from the Kramer Avenue landslide in Sitka, at about 12:40 pm today (Thu 8-20-15), near the location of the first body, which was found at 7:15 yesterday evening (Wed 8-19-15). Neither name has been released pending notification of next of kin.
Gov. Bill Walker was in Sitka today to assess the damage from Tuesday's landslides. He also met with the families of three men who are missing and presumed dead. The search for those three men was proceeding slowly, hampered by fears of further landslides.
Although it will never be considered anything other than a tragedy, Sitka's Kramer Avenue landslide could have been worse. At least two other people were directly in its path -- but escaped.
Sitka sits on a different chunk of the Earth’s crust than the rest of Alaska. Decades of scientific research have led to a report and map showing where the faults lie.
Three people are still missing after heavy rain triggered a series of landslides in Sitka Tuesday morning. Governor Bill Walker plans to be in the city Wednesday to visit the affected areas.
The City and Borough of Sitka has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain triggered at least three different mudslides this morning, including one on Kramer Avenue that has damaged at least one house. Four people are confirmed missing in the incident.
The landslides that struck Sitka early Tuesday morning (8-18-15) are the latest in a series of similar events that started in 2011. Forecasters are not ready to say -- yet -- that changing weather patterns are to blame.
That’s significantly less than the 7,000 gallons feared on Sunday. By Monday evening (8-17-15), much of the spill had been cleaned up or dispersed, and officials were hoping that a storm would help finish it off.
A storage tank at Sitka’s Jarvis Street Diesel Plant failed over the weekend, spilling an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 gallons of diesel into Sitka Sound near the mouth of Indian River.
About 30 earthquakes have hit the Yakutat area this week. The swarm is caused by calving glaciers in a nearby bay, not movement of the Earth’s crust.