Earthquake off the coast of Paradise (Hawaii)

The only reason I’m posting this is to underscore the point – be skeptical and be thoughtful.

From CNN.com:

(CNN) — A light earthquake rumbled underneath the islands of Hawaii on Sunday, the National Earthquake Information Center reported on its Web site.

The quake had a magnitude of 4.9 and was centered 137 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, the NEIC said.

The temblor struck at 7:14 a.m. local time (1:14 p.m. ET) and was measured at a depth of about 9.6 miles.

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Nice simple story.  Straight and to the point.  Unfortunately, it’s wrong.  It’s wrong on the only detail that mattered in the story — the magnitude of the earthquake.

Here’s what got in line the United States geological survey has to say:

Magnitude 6.3 (Strong)
Date-Time
Location 19.842°N, 156.059°W
Depth 24 km (14.9 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 14 km (9 miles) NNW (337°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) NNW (344°) from Kailua, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) WSW (244°) from Puako, HI
  • 103 km (64 miles) W (279°) from Hilo, HI
  • 246 km (153 miles) SE (131°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles); depth +/- 7.6 km (4.7 miles)
Parameters Nst=205, Nph=205, Dmin=20.9 km, Rmss=1.07 sec, Gp= 36°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID ustwbh

Update (19:30 CST):

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the entire state about four hours after a strong earthquake rumbled throughout its Big Island at 7:07 a.m. (1:07 p.m. ET) Sunday.

There have been as many as 20 aftershocks, with the strongest recorded at 5.8, officials told CNN.

The quake knocked out power at many homes across the island chain and caused at least one landslide on a major roadway on the island of Hawaii, known as the Big Island, according to Hawaii’s KITV. Officials said a state of emergency had been declared on the Big Island.

Authorities told KITV they have not received news of any fatalities from the strong quake, which was measured by the National Earthquake Information Center as 6.6 in magnitude. more

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This clip is an interview with the Mayor of the Big Island.  Much more of a big deal than originally thought.