Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Incident Description

Incident Location Map

Location Whittier AK, Small Boat Harbor.
Product/Quantity Weathered petroleum products; volume undetermined.
Cause As a result of the 1964 Alaska earthquake and subsequent destruction of the tank farm at the site, diesel and other contaminants were released to the soil. The spring 2011 harbor expansion and dredging at the former tank farm location released a continuous light to moderate petroleum sheen into the harbor.
Time/Date of Incident 1964 Alaska Earthquake historical spill. ADEC received a report of on-water sheening as a result of the dredging project on February 21, 2011.
Situation Reports
09/08/2011 (PDF 44)
04/29/2011 (PDF 370K)
For more information
John Brown, ADEC 269-7688