Images: Skagway rock slide hits cruise ship dock – again

A small but loud rockslide occurred on Railroad Dock in Skagway on Wednesday around 5pm. No injuries were reported. The landslide is located in what is called the North Landslide Zone, the same area where a landslide occurred on June 23.

Norwegian Encore passengers were transported back to their ship in small boats provided by Holland America’s Noordam, which was also in port. The other ships in port today were the Majestic Princess and the Radiance of the Sea.

The wharf security post was reportedly hit by rocks. The area remains unstable, but ships have been moved out of the way of the rockslide. Contract geotechnical engineers recently compiled a report showing that the risk of landslides persists at the site.

Skagway is Alaska’s busiest cruise port.

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Suzanne Downing had a career in business and journalism before becoming Director of Faith and Community Initiatives for Florida Governor Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as a speechwriter for Governor Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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