Small earthquake rattles peninsula Monday

Kenai Peninsula residents got a little rattled on Memorial Day by an approximately 5.3-magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake was recorded at approximately 6:18 p.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 78.4 kilometers, or about 48.7 miles, deep, and about 21 miles northwest of Nikiski off the shore of the Kustatan Peninsula.

People in the central Kenai Peninsula communities felt a sharp, short jolt Monday evening. No damage was reported, according to the USGS, though the Alaska Earthquake Center will continue to gather information as larger quakes can have aftershocks. The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center, which also monitors seismic activity, said in a release that there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake.

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