Small earthquake rattles peninsula

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2000

The earth shook under the feet of residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Saturday morning.

According to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, an earthquake hit at 10:34 a.m. at a preliminary magnitude of 4.5. The quake's epicenter was 41 miles deep 50 miles southwest of Anchorage, on the west side of Cook Inlet, just off the coast and very close to Tyonek.

"It bounced me out of bed," said Fred Colvin, principal and teacher at E.L. Bartlett School in Tyonek.

Colvin said everything shook at his home.

"It was just a big jolt, then there was a little rolling," he said

The shaking was felt on this side of the inlet as well. Uptown Motel front desk clerk Emily Greenhalgh said she was sitting at her desk and saw the little plants on the front counter moving.

"I just felt one big jolt and then little ones after that," she said.

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