The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Earthquake rattles Southcentral

 


It started with vibrating and progressed to shaking back and forth. It only lasted about a minute but it brought people all over Southcentral to alert. They awaited tsunami alarms which didn’t go off because it wasn’t a tsunami type of quake.

The earthquake at 1:30 a.m. Sunday was centered 53 miles west of Anchor Point and measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. Little damage happened on the East Kenai Peninsula.

A few hours after the quake a large pile of rock was reported down on Lowell Point Road, partially blocking the road. City of Seward crews cleared the road on Tuesday.

Seward’s Public Works Department reported Tuesday that the water distribution system was shaken which might cause cloudy water. If water is cloudy, the department recommended running water for a short period of time. The city reported that city-provided water remained safe for drinking and washing.

On Port Avenue a water line broke. Repair was scheduled for yesterday.

A few things fell off shelves around the area. At the Alaska Shop something fell down in every aisle, and a few fragile items were broken. Out at The Pit little action was reported. The building hardly moved and no bottles fell over, according to the Monday bartender. Out in Moose Pass people felt the shaking but no damage has been reporting.

Mostly folks just had a few things to pick up.

The Seward Fire Department which coordinates many emergency services in Seward reports that the city is ready in case of more destructive earthquakes or tsunamis. In the case of a tsunami an alarm would sound from the fire station.

In Kenai, on the west side of the Peninsula, two homes were destroyed in gas leak explosions and the other two were fully engulfed before firefighters determined it was safe enough from gas for them to enter the homes, according to an Associated Press report. A 150-foot section of Kalifornsky Beach Road dropped about 18 inches in one lane near Kasilof. State crews cleaned up and temporarily repaired the area pending summer construction.

In Anchorage items shook off shelves and in some locations shelving came down.

 

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