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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Earthquake strikes Hawaii

Hawaii residents got quite the jolt this morning:
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the entire state about four hours after a strong earthquake rumbled throughout its Big Island at 7:07 a.m. (1:07 p.m. ET) Sunday.

There have been as many as 20 aftershocks, with the strongest recorded at 5.8, officials told CNN.

The quake knocked out power at many homes across the island chain and caused at least one landslide on a major roadway on the island of Hawaii, known as the Big Island, according to Hawaii's KITV. Officials said a state of emergency had been declared on the Big Island.

Authorities told KITV they have not received news of any fatalities from the strong quake, which was measured by the National Earthquake Information Center as 6.6 in magnitude.
We here in the Evergreen State know what it's like to have an earthquake. Washington had a magnitude 6.8 quake on February 28th, 2001 which caused significant damage throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Hopefully Hawaii's recovery costs won't be too high.

The New York Times and the Honolulu Advertiser have more.

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