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Strong Earthquake Hits Hawaii


The governor of the U.S. Pacific island state of Hawaii has issued a disaster declaration following a strong earthquake that caused significant damage to roads and buildings.

The quake hit Sunday at 7:07 am local time. Authorities reported minor injuries, cuts and broken bones, caused by the quake, along with structural damage to buildings.

Civil Defense announcements urged residents to stay off the roads and to avoid using the telephone except for emergencies.

A hospital in Kona on the Big Island was evacuated because of structural damage. Some roads were closed by landslides, and widespread power outages were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey issued a revised magnitude of 6.6. The initial quake was centered 10 kilometers off the northwestern coast of Hawaii's Big Island. There have been several aftershocks of lesser magnitude.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.