Strong quake rattles Kodiak Island

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook Kodiak Island early Wednesday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Paul Whitmore, with the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center at Palmer, said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, and occurred at 7:03 a.m. AST.

The quake was centered 70 miles southwest of Kodiak city, or 330 miles southwest of Anchorage.

''The quake was felt strongly at Kodiak, but it wasn't powerful enough to generate a tsunami, or seismic sea wave,'' Whitmore said.

''Our lines have been busy, but we haven't had any calls about damage,'' said Terry Ewing, a Kodiak Police Department dispatcher.

An after shock occurred at 11:12 a.m. AST and had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0. It was located 65 miles southwest of Kodiak.

The quake did no damage to the Shelikof Lodge in downtown Kodiak, said desk clerk Linda Salem. She said the guests apparently slept right through it.

''The Christmas tree we have in the lobby was doing some dancing,'' she said.

The quake lasted about 10 minutes, said Betty Heinrichs, owner of A-Wintel's Bed and Breakfast. She said Kodiak residents are used to earthquakes and usually don't make any fuss. This one, however, seemed different to her, she said.

''It was more of a rolling earthquake, not a jarring,'' Heinrichs said. ''After it was over, everything was fine.''

An employee of the Cost-Saver grocery store said he was in bed when the earthquake occurred. He was relieved to find that when he arrived at the store everything was still on the shelves.

''It shook the whole bed,'' said the man who did not want to be identified. ''I thought it was a strong gust of wind but it kept going.''

The store also sells liquor.

''I didn't drop a bottle,'' he said.

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