Posted at 2:16 p.m., Monday, October 16, 2006
Upon review, quake generates four-inch tsunami
Advertiser StaffSunday's 6.7-magnitude earthquake generated a 4-inch tsunami that was measured by Kawaihae Harbor's tide gauge at 7:17 a.m., according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Despite the strength of the 7:07 a.m. quake and a subsequent 6.0 quake that hit at 7:14 a.m., both events were so deep that only the larger quake altered the ocean floor enough to generate a "tsunami," said Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Kawaihae Harbor's tide gauge was the only one in the Islands to measure the tsunami, Fryer said.