Earthquake Off Oahu

Aug 28, 2006 08:22 PM

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An earthquake struck Monday evening, and it was so powerful, people across Oahu felt it. It struck at about 8:10PM with a preliminary magnitude between three and four. There was no threat of a tsunami and no reports of any damage.

The earthquake's center was just east of Oahu. That s why so many people across the island felt its rumble. Within moments, we were receiving calls from across the island. KHNL News 8's Chief Meteorologist Sharie Shima spoke with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center just moments after the quake.

"Earthquakes in this area are usually produced by what is called plate flexure. It's from when the seafloor is being bent from the weight of the islands they depress the seafloor and bend it. But the seafloor is rigid, sowhen it bends it actually breaks a little bit and makes these little earthquakes" said Nathan Becker of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

"I was scared to death. I'm afraid it s going to happen again. And I'm not going to know what to do. We live up on the hillside and it sounds ridiculous but I said 'Oh my god! Can something like that rattle us enough to knock us down the hill?' But that s how it felt. It felt like if it rumbled anymore I'd have been running outside and looking for someplace to go" said Janet Marlette in Makiki.

We were flooded with calls from viewers who felt the rumble of tonight's quake.