Kenai Peninsula agencies brief Gov Walker on earthquake

first_img. A 150-foot section of Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kasilof was damaged in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman, KDLL Kenai)Gov. Bill Walker has lauded the efforts of Kenai Peninsula agencies in their response to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that resulted in highway damage and the destruction of four homes.The Peninsula Clarion reports Kenai area representatives of public safety departments, utility companies and public officials briefed Walker on the quake Sunday. Walker commended the agencies and departments for their communication and execution of their training during the aftermath of the Jan. 24 quake.Four homes were destroyed by natural gas explosions or fire following the quake, and a stretch of highway was damaged in Kasilof.Police Chief Gus Sandahl says officers had responded within minutes to calls and firefighters worked quickly to evacuate homes.Enstar Natural Gas Co. is still working to determine what caused the explosions.last_img read more