6.1 Earthquake 64 Kilometers Southwest Kaktovik Alaska – On Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 6:58 a.m, there was a 6.1 earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake struck 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Kaktovik in Alaska. (see video below).
Kaktovik is a city in North Slope Borough, Alaska, United States located on Barter Island. The Kaktovik, Alaska population was 293 at the 2000 census and 239 as of the 2010 census.
North Slope Borough encompasses an area of nearly 95,000 square miles across northern Alaska and includes some of the most spectacular landscapes found in North America.
North Slope Borough was established in 1972, bounded on the south by the Brooks Range and located largely in the North Slope region.
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Until the late nineteenth century, Barter Island was a major trade center for the Inupiat and was especially important as a bartering place for Inupiat from Alaska and Inuit from Canada.
Kaktovik had no permanent settlers until people from other parts of Barter Island and northern Alaska moved to the area around the construction of a runway and Distant Early Warning Line station in the 1950s. The area was incorporated as the City of Kaktovik in 1971.
Barter Island has a one-runway airport called Barter Island Airport or Kaktovik Airport (LRRS). LRRS stands for Long Range Radar Site or Long Range Radar Station. The airport is served by one airline Corvus Airlines or Ravn Alaska Airline.
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