Posted By RichC on October 17, 2006
A resident on the Big Island of Hawaii posted photos of a large cloud of dust moments after the volcanic Pacific island chain experienced a significant Sunday morning earthquake and illustrates the seismic power of an earthquake. Many areas suffered major road and infrastructure damage in a quake that measured 6.6 (at 7:07 a.m. local time) and has had repeated aftershocks; thankfully have been no deaths or serious injuries associated with the quake.
The earthquake’s epicenter was a few miles off the west shore of the island of Hawaii, known as the Big Island, not far from the popular vacation town of Kona. (well known for its premium coffee) Scientists say that the cooling and settling of the volcanically created islands over time are what cause the change in tectonic plates under the islands.  According to island news sources, power had been mostly restored and schools were partially opened on the Big Island. Road and buildings in this popular tourist area have been affected as have the homes of many of the 160,000 residents.