Massive Alaska Quake Eyed as Cause for Sunken Ship’s Leak

JUNEAU, Alaska—A ship that sank off Kodiak Island four decades ago has started to leak diesel fuel, and a state official suspects ground shaking from last month’s massive magnitude 8.2 earthquake might be the reason. The vessel sank in 1989 in Womens Bay, “and it’s been resting there since,” Jade Gamble, the state’s on-scene spill coordinator, told CoastAlaska. The first reports of an oil sheen came in a week after the July 28 earthquake, the largest in the United States in the past half-century. It’s not clear how much diesel fuel or other contaminants remain on the Saint Patrick. The 138-foot (42-meter) former scallop boat was hit by a rogue wave in November 1981 near Marmot Island. The crew of 12 abandoned ship; only two survived. The vessel eventually was towed to Womens Bay, where it later sank. “They’ve been able to minimize the leak,” Gamble said. “Our main goal …

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