Middleton Island

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A raft of Steller sea lions off the coast of Middleton Island, 1978

Middleton Island is a small, uninhabited island in the U.S. state of Alaska, located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Cordova.[1] The island was briefly home to Middleton Island Air Force Station, an early warning radar station, from 1958 until the station's closure in 1963.[2][3] During the 1964 Alaska earthquake the island was raised an additional 12 feet (3.7 m) above sea level.[4] The island now hosts the unattended Middleton Island Airport and a NEXRAD weather radar.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middleton Island
  2. ^ Fussell, E.B. (September 1, 1955). "Army Racing Winter in North". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Information for Middleton Island AFS, AK". Radomes, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "U.S.S. Coldbrook-Middleton Island". National Geographic. March 7, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middleton Island (airport).
  6. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for MDO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "WSR-88D Radar List (156 sites)" (PDF). National Weather Service. June 27, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

Coordinates: 59°26′N 146°20′W / 59.44°N 146.33°W / 59.44; -146.33