Large earthquake hits Homer

A 5.54 earthquake hit the Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula at 6:16 a.m today. The quake was 33 miles northwest of Homer at a depth of 54 miles. Residents reported being woken up and experiencing moderate to heavy shaking, and items being knocked off shelves. Initial reports were that the quake was a 5.7, but the U.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute’s Alaska  Earthquake Information Center later reported the quake to be a 5.54.

No tsunami occurred, according to the National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center, Palmer.