Thursday, October 19, 2006

Scientists Say Hawaii Hit by Two Quakes

The data from the Hawaii earthquake continues to pour in and new data points to a possible one-two punch as 2 individual earthquakes may of have rattled the region.

By JAYMES SONG Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU (AP) -- Scientists are investigating whether a magnitude-6.0 earthquake that rocked Hawaii within minutes of Sunday's 6.7 temblor was a separate quake and not an aftershock.

The lead scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory and a seismologist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Wednesday they were two independent events. Others aren't so sure.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck 12.5 miles northeast of the Big Island's Kona airport at a depth of 24 miles at 7:07 a.m. Sunday. Seven minutes later, the 6.0-magnitude quake struck 27 miles north of the airport at a depth of about 12.5 miles. (continue article)

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