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Posted on: Thursday, January 11, 2001

4.0 earthquake shakes Big Island

Advertiser Staff

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — A 4.0-magnitude earthquake Tuesday night rattled much of the Big Island but caused no damage.

Seismologists said the 10:26 p.m. quake drew several calls to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "They said it felt like the kids were banging the walls, or the animals were acting up," said Paul Okubo, a member of the observatory staff.

Okubo said the earthquake occurred eight miles southwest of Mauna Kea’s summit, about 20 miles below the surface. He said it probably was the result of settling of the tectonic plates that make up Earth’s crust.

It was the Big Island’s widest-felt quake since a 4.3-magnitude earthquake in October near Honokaa.

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