Chignik Bay

Alaska Earthquake Center

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 8.2 earthquake that reverberated in communities along the Alaska Peninsula in July — the country’s largest in half a century.

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For years, residents have struggled to earn a living fishing and to put up enough fish for the winter. They worry their villages will disappear if the low runs persist, taking with them a fishing tradition that connects their families to the region. 

City of Chignik Bay

The community is still feeling tremors from the earthquake, causing some side effects. Chignik Bay is also looking to improve emergency infrastructure after last month's evacuation.

Alex Hager / KDLG

Chignik’s early run of sockeye this year is the lowest on record, and it failed to meet its lower-end escapement goal for the third year in a row. With commercial fishing at a standstill, the community is struggling to make ends meet.