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Thanksgiving Earthquake Shakes The Big Island

Charles McCreery Charles McCreery
Jesse Reavis Jesse Reavis

Nov 23, 2006 07:34 PM

By: Joann Shin

(KHNL) - Jesse Reavis was on shaky ground Thursday morning.

The Kaneohe resident said "I was in the bedroom, opening up a closet. I felt a little rumble and told my wife, 'Hey! Did you feel the earthquake?' "

Jesse certainly did. A 5.0 earthquake hit off the Northwest coast of the Big Island around 9:20 a.m.

Reavis said "I called up my sister. My sister said, 'Yeah I felt it too.' So I turned on the radio to see if there was a tsunami generated, nothing."

The Pacific Tsunami Center says the quake was the biggest of several that occurred Thursday.

All of them aftershocks to October's 6.7 earthquake.

Charles McCreery at the Pacific Tsunami Center explained, "The last earthquake which occurred almost in the identical spot. We pretty quickly determined this earthquake, although widely felt, was not a tsunami threat, it was much too small."

Anthony Ako lives on the Big Island.

The North Kohala resident said, "It got stronger until the whole house started to shake. My wife and I went, 'Oh my god, it's happening all over again.' "

Ako says many people there are still dealing with the aftermath of October's quake. He said, "You're waiting for something to happen. You can't relax."

"There's no reason to suspect this event is a precursor to something bigger," said McCreery.

But officials say the threat of future earthquakes is real.

McCreery said, "We can use this event as a reminder that these events will occur. The more prepared we are for them, the less they are to cause fatalities or injuries."

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