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Monday, October 16, 2006

Hundreds evacuated from hotels on Hawaii's Big Island after quake

CD Hundreds evacuated from hotels on Hawaii's Big Island after quake

"Hundreds of hotel guests and hospital patients had to be evacuated after a strong earthquake hit Hawaii early today.

The governor Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the state, saying there had been damage to buildings and roads.

There were no reports of fatalities, but the state Civil Defence says there have been some minor injuries.

The quake, which measured six point six hit 16 kilometres from Kailua Kona, on the west coast of Hawaii Island, which is also known as the Big Island.

It is estimated that as many as 3,000 people were evacuated from three hotels on the Big Island."

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