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Second body recovered from Sitka landslide

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.

Walker visits Sitka as search continues for 3 missing men

Gov. Bill Walker (right) and Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell visited the site of the Kramer Avenue landslide on Wednesday, August 19. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)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.

Slide survivor: ‘Trees were falling like dominoes’

City engineer David Longtin is back working at the landslide that nearly overtook him Tuesday. Longtin is not totally at ease -- "I'm keeping my eye on it," he says. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)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 geologically separate from rest of Alaska

Geologist Susan Karl points to faults shown on a new geologic map of Baranof Island, in Southeast Alaska. It reflects the discovery that the island's bedrock is different from that of other parts of the region. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)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.

Gov. Walker to visit Wednesday, three missing after Sitka landslides

The early morning slide on Kramer Avenue, visible here in the center of the photo, destroyed one house and damaged another. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW).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.

Sitka building official, two construction workers, missing in Sitka slide

A new home under construction on Sitka's Kramer Avenue was totally obliterated in the slide. A neighboring new home stands unscathed. Four people remain missing . (NOAA/NWS photo, Joel Curtis)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.

Sitka ‘landslide cluster': Too soon to blame on changing weather?

A blowdown at Beaver Lake in 2011 was the first in a recent series of weather-related slides in Sitka. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)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.

Sitka diesel spill now estimated at 2500 gallons

Fire Chief Dave Miller on Eagle Beach at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 17. Diesel from the Jarvis Street Power Plant spilled onto the beach from the storm water drainage system. (Photo courtesy of Mark Gorman, City of Sitka)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.

Up to 7,000 gallons of diesel spilled from Sitka power plant

An estimated 4,000 to 7,000 gallons of diesel leaked from the Jarvis Street Diesel Plant, with some portion of it reaching Sitka Sound, though it's not yet clear how much. (KCAW graphic)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.

Swarm of small quakes hit Yakutat Bay area

Two glaciers flow into Yakutat Bay. Glacial calving causes regular, but small, earthquakes. The Hubbard Glacier, right, sometimes surges, blocking off an arm of the bay. (Photo courtesy Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve)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.