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Surrounding this city you will find breathtaking scenery, from windswept volcanic peaks overlooking the sea, to green valleys dotted with vibrant wildflowers. It was here that the Japanese bombed the US Navy during WWII. Last week, a volcanic eruption occurred just 60 miles from this city, triggering a high aviation alert. This city’s school district has been voted one of the ten best in its country.
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Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska
Located within the Aleutian Islands off Amaknak Island, about 800 miles southwest of Anchorage at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, “Dutch” provides a harbor and a gateway for cruise ships and airplanes to reach the small city of Unalaska, Alaska, via a 500-foot bridge. Amaknak Island is home to almost 60 percent of the city’s 4,500 year-round residents, although it has less than 3 percent of its land. During the year, 20% of all flights are cancelled from Unalaska’s airport due to harsh weather.
Aside from the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Dutch Harbor was one of only a few sites in American Territory to be bombed by the Japanese during WWII. The Battle of Dutch Harbor took place on June 3-4, 1942, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two aircraft carrier raids on the Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and U.S. Army Fort Mears. The Japanese also bombed Elwood Oil Field near Santa Barbara, California, and dropped an incendiary bomb on Brookings, Oregon, starting a wildfire.
The hit TV show Deadliest Catch is filmed here in Dutch Harbor. A mile long spit extending from the northeast end of Amaknak Island makes Dutch Harbor a natural port, protecting ships from the waves and currents of the Bering Sea although winds have tossed shipments from decks of ships. The Deadliest Catch filming location of Dutch Harbor is close to some of the richest fishing in the world, and is ice-free. Celebrity Cruises visits Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Japan-Bering Sea sailings.