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Fiber optic cable suspected in communication outage

Mother Nature rattled Northern Southeast this morning (7-25-14) with and magnitude 5.9 earthquake and several dozen aftershocks. The quake appeared to have damaged internet and cell service to thousands of Southeast residents. Service providers suspect damage to an underwater fiber-optic cable, but the cable’s owner, Alaska Communications Systems, has not released any information.

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Earthquake felt in Southeast Alaska, no tsunami expected

UPDATE 10:47 AM FRI JUL 25, 2014 An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska. Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected. A recorded message on ACS’s customer services line says the outage is affecting some customers in Southeast. “This is our highest priority and we are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” the message said. ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says crews are still working to determine which networks were affected by the quake. An AT&T representative could not be reached for comment. Revised figures from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9. It struck about 97 miles west of Juneau at a depth of about 6 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks. The largest was magnitude 5.7.

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Body of missing teen found, investigation opened

FALZERANO_tmbSearch officials in Sitka confirm that the body of 19 year old Scotty Falzerano Jr. was located this morning at about 9:25 AM, near the Indian River Trail. Search dogs late yesterday (Thu 11-14-13) alerted to the possible presence of a body; teams returned to the primary area of search this morning and located Falzerano in about 20 minutes, according to SAR captain Don Kluting.

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Ammonia leak contained near Sitka processor

A man was medevacked from Sitka after an ammonia leak aboard the Eigil B, an 86-foot vessel tied up in Sitka. The leak also resulted in an evacuation at Sitka Sound Seafoods and some surrounding buildings. The Eigil B was towed to deeper water to allow the hazardous gas to dissipate.

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