I picked an article that seems relevant to disasters in Alaska. Its about Kivalina, a village on the coast of the Chukchi Sea, that is washing away due to erosion. I had a hard time finding an article that I thought met the requirement, but I settled on this one because I have read about this village, and I got a chance to go to Kivalina last summer, and I think the whole situation is really interesting.
Basically, Kivalina is going to erode away. Blame it on whatever you like, erosion, global warming, lack of sea ice, or any combination of those or any other reason, but the village of less than 400 people is eroding, and they are going to have to relocate.
Three key points of the article would be, other than they are going to have to move, the question of who is going to pay for it. It could cost more than 100 million dollars to move the town more inland, or farther down the coast. Another issue , or point, in the article is that no government agency is actually responsible for relocating a community, which is a problem if someone expects the government to pay to relocate one. The last key point I thought was interesting is the mention of sea ice, or lack of. Over the last 100 years that the village has been there (which apparently they blame the government for anyway), there has been heavy sea ice in the winter. Ice in which the natives go out to hunt whales on. Over the last few years, the ice has been thinner and not lasted as long, or not there at all, which ushers the erosion even faster.
I picked this article because it was one of only a few article I found that was actually about a disaster happening, and like I previously stated, I’ve been there. I think its incredibly interesting, and I plan to go back this fall. It’s not really “close to me,” but I do know a few people who live there, and I see it as a village that’s about to be gone.