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Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2000

Kodiak quake causes minor damage

PALMER -- A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Kodiak Island on Monday evening, causing minor damage at a Coast Guard station on the island, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake, recorded at 5:32 p.m. local time, was centered on the island's west coast, near the village of Karluk, said geophysicist Bruce Turner. There were no reports of injuries.

``It was felt very heavily in Karluk and on the island of Kodiak,'' he said. ``It was felt as far north as Palmer and Cordova.'' It was felt ``mildly'' in Anchorage, he said.

There were reports of ``some broken pipes in residences on the Coast Guard base on the east side of Kodiak Island,'' he said.

The quake was located about 288 miles southwest of Anchorage. Karluk is a village of less than 100 people, Turner said. No tsunami was generated, he said.

Christian artist to present work

JUNEAU -- Stephen Sawyer, an artist and the owner of the Art for God museum in Kentucky, likes to visit Southeast Alaska. And on this year's trip, he brought his work with him.

The painter will display his work from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Marine Park. The event will also feature a presentation by Sawyer and performances by local contemporary Christian rock groups.

Sawyer has attracted some controversy because of his depiction of Jesus as a boxer with a buff body. Regardless of the ongoing debate about his work, Sawyer's Christian-themed paintings, along with his landscapes and portraitures, have been sold in more than 100 countries.

For more information about the event, call 780-4848. Sawyer's paintings can be seen on his Web site atwww.ART4GOD.com.



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