Strong Earthquake Hits Big Island of Hawaii Causing Power Outages – Hawaiian Islands Without Power In Places Still – Evacuations

Strong Earthquake Hits Big Island of Hawaii Causing Power Outages – Hawaiian Islands Without Power In Places Still – Evacuations and Landslides

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The US Geological Survey reports that a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday Morning at 7:07 AM. The USGS considers this a “strong” earthquake that hit at a depth of 38.9 km (24.2 miles) under the Island of Hawaii.

Although the earthquake was centered 10 miles (15 km) north-northwest of Kailua Kona or 65 miles (100 km) west of Hilo, the earthquake affected was felt throughout the chain. Scientists believe the earthquake was caused by volcanic growth, not an eruption. The vast majority of Hawaiian earthquakes are caused by this growth. The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in a chain of volcanoes that stretches about 3500 miles across the North Pacific Ocean.

There have been 3,000 residents and tourists evacuated from Kona, South Khala with most of the evacuees coming from Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and the Munakea Beach Hotel. The mayor of the Big Island says that the hotels will be closed "indefinitely" because of structural damage.

The Honolulu Advertiser reports that although most of their 291,000 customers will not see their power restored until this evening, the power has been on in Makaha, Wai'anae, Nanakuli, Campbell Industrial Park, parts of Kapolei and Makakilo, 'Ewa but not 'Ewa Beach, parts of Waipahu around the Village Park area, most of Mililani and all of Wahiawa, Pearl City and 'Aiea, the Honolulu Airport area, Hickam and Pearl Harbor, Sand Island, most of Iwilei and parts of Kaka'ako and Kahala.

The Advertiser reports that damage on the big Island is “significant”. The earthquake also caused landslides in Hamakua and Kealakekua. There is no tsunami threat, according to Big Island Civil Defense. The cell phone service has been sporadic.

Earthquakes on the volcanic Island of Hawaii are not rare. The largest on record was a magnitude 7.9 1868 earthquake which triggered a tsunami that drowned 46 people and spawned numerous landslides that resulted in 31 deaths. In the vicinity of the recent earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 tremor struck on August 21st 1951 that damaged scores of homes on the Kona coast and triggered numerous damaging landslides. Comment on this Article at our Forum

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

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