Place:Newtok, Bethel, Alaska, United States


TypeCensus-designated place
Coordinates60.944°N 164.644°W
Located inBethel, Alaska, United States
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Newtok (Niugtaq in Central Alaskan Yup'ik) is a village on the Ninglick River in western Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 354. Erosion is forcing the primarily Yupik Alaska Native village to consider relocation, making them America's first climate refugees. The town was featured in History Channel's Tougher in Alaska, episode "Dangerous Earth". In 2007 the New York Times reported that erosion made Newtok an island between the widening Ninglick River and a slough to the north because Alaskan permafrost is melting due to climate change. According to the Times, because the village is below sea-level and sinking, the town could be washed away within a decade.[1]

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