Also read my CRYPTOLOG article, "Cape Chiniak."
To get a glimpse of what the site at Cape Chiniak looks like today, visit Joe Stevens' Chiniak Alaska Historical Technology Tour.
For a some interesting Kodiak history, visit Joe's homepage and go to the 'Kodiak Military History' section. All of the Cape Chiniak survivors appreciate Joe's contribution to our old duty station memories and knowledge.
I arrived at Kodiak International Airport from Seattle, WA in October, 1961. I departed the island in December, 1962.
On Friday, March 24, 1964, an earthquake occurred in Prince William Sound, registering 8.5 on the Richter scale. It was said that Kodiak Island sank an estimated 5-1/2 feet. The quake created a devastating tidal wave which slammed into many coastal cities in it's path and range, including Kodiak City. About $10 million damage was done to the Naval Station facilities and nearly $1 billion in all of Kodiak Island.
There was no loss of life or injury at Cape Chiniak. The site's relatively high elevation saved it from water damage, however, the Navy closed the site shortly thereafter and moved the operation to Elmendorf Air Force Base at Anchorage.
Kodiak Island is located near the southern mainland of Alaska, opposite Katmai National Park.
The red stick pin denotes the location of the city of Kodiak.
The city of Kodiak is located northeast of the Naval Station. Cape Chiniak is located
to the southeast of the Naval Station. It was a long, bumpy and winding dirt road from the
Naval Station to the Cape. This map infers, through its yellow color coding, that
there's a city at Chiniak. The only human societies in that area during 1962 was
our site and a nearby Air Force Satellite Tracking Station.
The lake depicted on the tip of land in the center of the image was immediately adjacent our site.
Detailed maps were obtained online from the US Bureau of Census TIGER map generator