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Early Morning Quake Terrifies Kona

Mary Lou Ortega Mary Lou Ortega
All the fruit was shaken out of the trees All the fruit was shaken out of the trees
KHNL News 8's Beth Hillyer in front of a destroyed shed Sunday afternoon KHNL News 8's Beth Hillyer in front of a destroyed shed Sunday afternoon

by Beth Hillyer

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (KHNL) The highway through Kailua-Kona is littered with boulders.  Walls have crumbled onto the road.  To give you the idea of the power of the quake, the side of the road is littered with guava fruit that shook out of the trees so hard all the fruit is on the ground. 

Among the hardest hit neighborhoods men were trying to fix a water pipe which snapped during the tremors.  The Ortega family shed is destroyed. 

The powerful earthquake reduced a shed to a pile of rubble. Inside are 110 bags of macadamia nuts. The shed snapped at the base and slid down the hill.

Inside the Ortega home, Mary Lou describes the damage.

"This TV fell down from the earthquake.  And it cracked, it was broken at first, but my husband had to fix it."

Imagine the power of the tremors to toss a 27 inch TV to the floor. It was a terrifying experience.

"We got scared. This was the worse thing that could happen.  The kids were so scared and I was shaking. we didn't know what to do except to hug them and they were outside for the safety" said Ortega.

But like everyone on the big island, Mary Lou Ortega is just happy. Her family, all seven kids are safe.

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