Moderate Earthquake Hits Hawaii Today


The Big Island was hit by another moderate to strong earthquake today. Initial reports show that the trembler, located near the same place as the one on October 15 registered at 5.0 on the Richter Scale.

I am spending most of this Thanksgiving week on the Big Island of Hawaii, staying at my folks place in Honokaa. We definitely felt the earthquake this morning. It was a long rolling one which to me felt like a magnitude 4 shake. The house shook for about 35 seconds. The noise an earthquake makes is quite eerie as the house creeks and vibrates.

I was on the phone this morning talking to my friend in Hilo for about 40 minutes when the quake hit. I told him we’re having an earthquake. For about 25 seconds I kept on asking whether or not he was feeling it. Negative was his reply until the quake was nearly over here. Then he reported the shaking over the phone.

I guess it is the norm for a rolling quake that is centered on the other side of the island to “slowly” make its presence known on the other side of the island. If the quake was centered in the usual Volcano area, he would certainly have felt it first before we did 40 miles north of Hilo in Honokaa.

So far no major damage is reported, but some landslides may have occurred along the Hamakua Coast according to sketchy transmissions that I am getting on an emergency scanner that we have here.

In 1975 on Thanksgiving weekend, Hawaii was hit by an earthquake of 7.2 centered south of the Volcano area on the Big Island. Last month we were hit by a 6.7 earthquake that was felt statewide (see earlier posts).

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Graphic above taken from USGS website on recent earthquakes in Hawaii.

1 Comment so far

  1. Patrick (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    Hear to the Civil Defense report on the earthquake in Hawaii.

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