City of Kenai spared significant damage after two large Anchorage earthquakes
Kenai appears to have weathered the damage from the two strong earthquakes this morning.
Centered in and around Anchorage, the 7.0 and 5.7 earthquakes have triggered tsunami warnings for as far away as Prince William Sound, Kodiak, and all of the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula. All tsunami warnings were later cancelled with no waves reported.
Kenai Fire Department Battalion Chief Tony Prior said the department is responding to several calls.
"We're responding to multiple calls for service right now, but so far we have no significant effects from the earthquake," Prior said. "So far we have just smells of gas and we're going in and clearing the buildings, and so far, nothing serious in our community."
Three homes burned in Kenai during a similar quake several years ago due to a gas leak that ignited.
In Homer, the police are evacuating the Spit and urging everyone below Pioneer Ave. move to higher ground. The Homer High School is the emergency shelter.
The tsunami warning for Kodiak predicted it would arrive around 9:25 a.m. People in Kodiak evacuated low lying areas to the high school, but got the "all-clear" message from authorities by 10.
The Alaska DOT will be inspecting bridges in the earthquake zone.