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Sunday Earthquake Shakes the State

People across the state felt the earth move beneath them when the 6.6 earthquake struck the islands on Sunday.

It appears the Big Island suffered a lot of visible damage, but there are also problems that people won't see right away.

Dave Curtis of the State Civil Defense spoke to KHNL News 8's Angela Keen by phone on Monday morning.

Angela Keen: "Can you tell us about the damage you know about so far?"

Dave Curtis "We don't know a great deal at this point because we took the time yesterday afternoon to get assessment teams in the air and on their way to the big island. They got in their late yesterday afternoon. They went out at first light (Monday) morning.

"Our teams, the DOT teams other teams will be in the field assessing damage, we should have  a better picture by midday of the damage on the big island. There is some structural damage that we know of, and of course there is damage to roadways. DOT teams are going to be taking a close look at that."

Angela Keen: "I know this is the biggest magnitude that we have seen in many, many years. IS there anything that we can all learn from this Dave?

Dave Curtis: "I think we laerned that we all live together pretty darn well, Angela. It was remarkably calm and folks treated each other really well during this thing. We've come together, and gotten our act together and we are doing quite well this morning."

Angela Keen: "What can we expect over the next few hours and few days, as far as the civil defense planning and information is concerned?"

Dave Curtis: "A lot of what our palns are for the next few hours are going to depend upon what the assessment teams are seeing this morning in the field. We are all waiting on that, from the governor right on down. We're waiting to see what the real damage is, and then plans will move forward from there. Right now, we're all hoping those pockets out on Oahu get filled with electricity and everbody gets their power back"

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