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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Parts of Hawaii

The epicenter was located 18 miles south of Lua Makika on the island of Kahoolawe The epicenter was located 18 miles south of Lua Makika on the island of Kahoolawe
Pam Almeda checks glasses in her Enchanted Lakes home following Thursday's earthquake. Pam Almeda checks glasses in her Enchanted Lakes home following Thursday's earthquake.
Pam Almeda Pam Almeda

by Darren Pai

OAHU (KHNL) - It seemed like every other quiet morning, then something shook Gladys Ornellas' sleepy Kaneohe neighborhood.

"I was sitting on my bed watching tv and the whole bed just shook, absolutely," Ornellas said.

People from the Big Island to Kauai reported feeling the impact of the quake. Most felt a small rumble followed by a much larger quake.

The 4.5 magnitude quake started shortly after 10 a.m. It orginated 44 miles southwest of Makena on Maui at a depth of about 5 miles.

The quake rattled Pam Almeda's newly renovated kitchen in her Enchanted Lake home.

"That's when all these glasses here, they all did a jump up and they settled down," Almeda said. "That's when this wasn't just a construction truck. This was way more than that."

When she recovered from the shock, Almeda thought immediately of her children.

"Panic, my heart's in my throat, I don't know what to do," Almeda said. "My first thought was I've got to call the school, today's our first day at school."

The quake shook buildings down the street at Kaelepulu Elementary.

"We heard a couple of little hoo's from up above, but it was business as usual when I checked all the classrooms," said Sue Stock, Kaelepulu principal.

School officials said if this quake had been more serious they do have plans on the books to get all the students out safely.

"We talk about earthquakes," Stock said. "We are pretty much ready for any disaster which might come our way."

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