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Magnitude-5.7 Earthquake Strikes Hawaii’s Big Island, Shaking Felt in Honolulu

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Hawaii Struck by Magnitude-5.7 Earthquake

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The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a powerful magnitude-5.7 earthquake hit the Big Island of Hawaii. The earthquake, which occurred around 10 a.m. local time, was centered 11 miles south of Naalehu, Hawaii, at a depth of 6 miles. Although some shaking was felt as far as 200 miles away in Honolulu, there was no threat of a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Immediate reports indicated that there was no significant damage.

Mayor’s Experience

Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth, who was in Honolulu for a cardiologist appointment, experienced the earthquake firsthand. Initially, he mistook the shaking for a side effect of the medical procedure. However, realizing that it was a seismic event, he quickly contacted emergency management officials. As a precaution, Roth decided to expedite his return to the Big Island by seeking an earlier flight.

Eye-witness Accounts

Julia Neal, the owner of Pahala Plantation Cottages, reported that during the quake, some items fell down due to forceful shaking in the area. The rattling of the old wooden plantation homes created a loud noise. Similarly, Derek Nelson, the manager of the Kona Canoe Club restaurant in Kona, described the shaking as significant, explaining that it caused knees to wobble and rattled all the windows in the village. Fortunately, there was no damage reported.

Preparedness Tips

In the event of an earthquake or any natural disaster, being prepared is of paramount importance. Here are some useful tips:

1. Ensure an Emergency Kit

Gather essential supplies, including a flashlight, radio, phone charger, one gallon of water per person, non-perishable food, a can opener, a whistle, thermal clothing, and necessary medications. Don’t forget to pack identification cards, important documents, and some cash.

2. Secure Your Home

Learn how to shut off the gas supply and keep a wrench handy. Furthermore, anchor heavy furniture to prevent it from causing injuries or damage during strong tremors.

3. Develop an Emergency Plan

Discuss emergency procedures with family members, establish a safe meeting point, and ensure that everyone understands how to stay safe during a quake. Assign responsibilities and share contact information.

In Conclusion

While earthquakes can be unsettling, being prepared and informed can help mitigate their impact. Authorities are continuously monitoring the situation, and residents should stay updated through trusted sources.

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