Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Can the Port of Alaska withstand an earthquake? Probably not

Published: October 19, 2018

By Rebecca Palsha

The Port of Alaska handles more than 3.5 million tons of food, building supplies, just about everything that comes into the state. It is also designated as a strategic seaport for the Department of Defense.

But, it is old and rusted and expected to be unusable in the next 10 years.

If something were to happen to it, it would also be devastating. It would take less than a week to see the shelves at supermarkets empty out.

On a recent port tour, a spokesperson for the port pointed out rust and holes within the structures of the port.

"You don't have to be an engineer to look at it and go, 'Ha, I don't think it's supposed to do that.' " Jim Jager, the Port External Affairs Director said.

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