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10 August 2021 / KTOO / Greg Kim, KYUK - Bethel

‘River is getting close.’ Erosion is threatening Napakiak's school

Napakiak, Alaska, United States

The village is losing ground three times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to studies of Napakiak’s erosion. During high tide, the river is only 64 feet from the high-schoolers’ original classroom and gets closer by the day. On windy days, waves crash against the shore where students used to play, battering it until the land relents and crumbles.

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