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

Earthquake highlights need to overhaul Port of Alaska

Published: December 18, 2018

By: Anthony Donaghue

While the recent Alaskan quake spared the Port of Alaska, the state recognizes that a major overhaul is due for this crucial piece of infrastructure.

After the 7.0 magnitude earthquake north of Anchorage on Nov. 30, Alaska’s shipping industry recovered relatively quickly. The Port of Alaska made it through, which is an ongoing concern given its extreme corrosion and need for a major overhaul. Anchorage’s airport mostly stayed open but railroads took some damage and highways took the worst. The potential vulnerability of Alaska’s logistics infrastructure was again highlighted with special concern regarding the Port of Alaska.

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