Old Chenega Village, Chenega Island

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Chenega is an abandoned Chugach-Alutiiq Native village on the south tip of Chenega Island, and at head of Chenega Cove, in Prince William Sound, about 42 miles (68 km) southeast of Whittier, Alaska. The name of a village was first reported by Ivan Petroff in 1880. A post office was established here in 1946 but was discontinued when the village was abandoned after the 1964 earthquake.

The March 1964 Alaska earthquake was the strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale. The quake triggered a tsunami that flooded and destroyed Chenega. Sixty-eight people lived in Chenega at the time of the quake and 26 of them were killed. The original village was the oldest continuously inhabited community in the area.

Although other communities hit hard by the disaster were rebuilt, the survivors of Chenega relocated to Sawmill Bay, and started the village of Chenega Bay on Evans Island, and never rebuilt their ancestral home. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the old Chenega Village site and Chenega Island.


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