National Weather Service

Tsunami Message Number 1
NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK
100 PM AKDT Mon Oct 19 2020

Coastal areas between and including Kennedy Entrance,
Alaska (40 miles SW of Homer) to Unimak Pass, Alaska (80
miles NE of Unalaska)
100 PM AKDT Mon Oct 19 2020

National Tsunami Warning Center

A strong earthquake occured shortly before 7 p.m. Alaska Daylight Savings Time in the Kuril Islands, in the Russian Far East.

There is no tsunami danger to Alaska from this quake according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

Kenai Peninsula rocked by early morning 5.8 quake

May 27, 2019
Screenshot of Alaska Earthquake Center

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday morning woke up Southern Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors in town for Memorial Day Weekend. 

According to the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, the epicenter was about 60 miles southwest of Homer. The quake initially registered as 5.6 magnitude event, but the U.S. Geological Survey later upgraded the temblor to 5.8 magnitude quake.  

The small village of Nanwalek on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula was about 40 miles from the epicenter.  Resident Sally Ash said she was drifting off to sleep when it started.

Courtesy of Enstar

The natural gas utility serving the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley is still looking for leaks and assessing the damage to thousands of miles of gas lines following Friday's earthquake.

Enstar spokeswoman Lindsay Hobson said the company put the call out for customers to report signs of leaks.

“That generated quite a number of calls for gas leaks and perhaps people identified them on their own independent of that,” Hobson explained. “Over the course of a few days, we took in a total of roughly 1,400 leak orders.”

Kenai Peninsula communities report minimal damage following 7.3 quake

Nov 30, 2018
Victoria Petersen, Peninsula Clarion

A large earthquake rocked Alaskans in the southcentral region of the state Friday morning. The tsunami warning issued by the National Tsunami Warning Center was canceled a couple of hours after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Anchorage. Communities on the Kenai Peninsula are reporting only minimal damage

The National Tsunami Warning Center issued the tsunami warning shortly after the quake struck near Anchorage at about 8:30 a.m. That warning was canceled shortly before 10 a.m.

Huskies Have an Earthquake Plan

May 23, 2017
Jennifer Booz

Earthquakes are a common occurrence for Alaskans. The echoing instructions of the tsunami warning system are familiar to coastal residents. But, how many of us are ready in the event of a natural disaster?

Thanks to their science class, four Homer Middle School students are better prepared. They invited KBBI's Carolyn Norton to their class presentation to share what they know with our listeners.

Magnitude 4.5 Quake 67 Miles West of Ninilchik

Feb 3, 2016

The Alaska Earthquake Center says there was a magnitude 4.5 earthquake felt on the Kenai Peninsula at 11:31 this morning. It was centered 67 miles West of Ninilchik and occurred 120 miles beneath the earth’s surface.

There are no reports of damage from the quake and there are no warnings about volcanic activity or a tsunami. 

Earthquake Stories From South Peninsula

Jan 25, 2016
Photo by Perry Lynn/Safeway Grocery Manager

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the state Sunday morning. The quake originated 60 miles west of Homer. Southern peninsula residents say they saw minimal damage.

7.1 Earthquake Shakes Kenai Peninsula

Jan 24, 2016
Image Courtesy of US Geological Survey

12:30 pm update: Over 4,000 Kenai Peninsula residents got their power back when Homer Electric Association crews restored a substation knocked out by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck 60 miles west of Homer early Sunday morning.