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6.6 Hawaii Quake: What's Next?

The epicenter was located six miles off the Kohala Coast of the island of Hawaii The epicenter was located six miles off the Kohala Coast of the island of Hawaii

Oct 16, 2006 02:38 AM

by Sharie Shima

HONOLULU (KHNL) Sunday morning's earthquake rocked the entire state.  Aftershocks rattled some areas throughout the day. What we can expect next?

Earthquakes of size 6.6 are extremely rare, the last comparable quake was back in 1987 at 6.7 on the Richter scale.  The good news is Geologists say that these strong earthquakes in Hawaii tend to be spaced out over time

According to the USGS and our information it looks like this earthquake was a strike slip earth quake.  It had a component of  up and down motion but primarily it was a strike slip earth quake.  Not unlike what you would find along the San Andreas Fault.  So in other words, in stead of the slippage moving up or down the fault, the earth's crust shifted side to side, so that's a bit unusual.

So, I'm not sure what it portends for any changes in volcanic activity. As far as this being a harbinger for a much larger event, that's always a possibility. 

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