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Big Hawaii Quake: Gov. Declares Disaster

Update - An earthquake struck the Big Island of Hawaii this morning,knocking out power and raising the possibility of largewaves in the area, but the United States Geologic Surveysaid there was no chance of a Pacific Tsunami. GovernorLinda Lingle declared the Big Island a disaster area onSunday afternoon. Residents reported powerful shaking. Onewrote, "Iheld onto my bed for 20 seconds, and said, this mustbe the BIG one!"

The National Earthquake Information Center reported that thequake, tentatively measured at 6.3 on the Richter Scale,occurred at 7:07 a.m. local time, 10 miles north-northwestof Kailua Kona on the west coast of the Big Island.

There have been numerous aftershocks, including one thatmeasured 5.8 on the Richter Scale.

People are being urged toleave or stay away from beaches, due to the possibility thatlarge waves may strike in the area.

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