A tremblor of magnitude 6.6 on the Richter jolted Hawaii shaking residents out of bed and causing a landslide that blocked a major highway. Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the entire state about four hours after the strong quake at 7:07 a.m.

The officials have ruled out any threat of tsunami even after 20 aftershocks. Hawaii residents are not alien to earthquakes but a big earthquake like this one is a rarity. The last time Hawaii experienced a big quake was on November 16, 1983, when a 6.7-magnitude temblor injured six people and 39 houses suffered major damage. The early reports have not confirmed any deaths so far but the situation is likely to change in the next few hours.

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