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September 5, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad
The U.S. Geological Survey this week released a report assessing the tsunami risk in California. The research simulated a 9.1 quake off the Alaska coast that would send damaging waves to California. Here are some highlights. 1) What are the parts of Southern California most vulnerable to tsunami flooding? The USGS study listed several areas, including Marina del Rey and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as the low-lying coastal areas extending from the ports to Newport Beach.
April 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
FBI agents have arrived in Kodiak, Alaska, to investigate the fatal shootings of two U.S. Coast Guard members at a communications station, but a spokesman said there is no immediate evidence that the incident was a terrorist act. Investigators would not say Thursday evening whether a gunman was still at large on the remote island in southern Alaska, home to 13,000 people and the largest Coast Guard base in the U.S. “The investigation is...
April 7, 2011
Times reader "jkunimoto" shot this photo of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, during a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. "I was not able to see the aurora at its fullest, but I was still happy to see something," she said. Aurora borealis occur when atomic particles in the Earth's upper atmosphere strike atoms. This interaction causes light of varying wavelengths to be released, producing bands of color in a zone around the North Pole. The effect may be magnified during solar activity, such as during the solar flare in February . View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
May 13, 2012
Vancouver, Canada, is very beautiful, very blue and very affordable through June 27, thanks to a $281 round-trip fare from LAX on Alaska and WestJet. The fare, subject to availability, includes all taxes and fees. It requires a 14-day advance purchase and travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. No minimum stay required. Info: Alaska , (800) 252-7522; WestJet , (855) 547-2451. Source: Airfarewatchdog
July 23, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
He was the local weatherman, sending up weather balloons twice a day above this remote community of 450 full-time residents near Bristol Bay and preparing short-term forecasts for pilots and fishermen. She was a stay-at-home mom who drove their 4-year-old to preschool, sang in the town choir and picked berries with her girlfriends. She took part in the community play, in which she portrayed a fairy godmother who acted as a prosecutor in court, confronting the Big Bad Wolf for his crimes against Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
June 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Monday declared the states of Ohio and Alaska eligible for disaster aid because of flooding caused by heavy rains last month.
November 15, 1985 | Associated Press
An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred Thursday in the Pacific Ocean off the Alaska pensinsula, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No damage or injuries were reported.
December 13, 1985 | Associated Press
Only one state, Alaska, reported outbreaks of influenza for the last week of November and the first week of December, the national Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.
March 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Rolling on the river in Alaska means getting up-close with wild lands where bears, moose, bald eagles and other wildlife roam. Mountain Travel Sobek leads trips on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers this summer and offers $400 off to those who make a reservation by the end of March. The 13-day Alsek River trip runs through three national parks and rafts down Class II to Class IV rapids along the way. Hike in forests, camp by the river at night and see large icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park.
August 16, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The North Pacific "Ring of Fire" has a new member: a previously unknown undersea volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Scientists this summer mapped the cone-shaped volcano, which rises beneath the waters near Amchitka Pass. The volcano rises 1,903 feet above the sea floor and is less than 377 feet from the water's surface, said researchers with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
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