Published October 26, 2006
KAILUA KONA, Hawaii (BP) — Hawaii Baptists are expressing thanks that no deaths or serious injuries were reported when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook the island chain around 7 a.m. local time Sunday, Oct. 15.
The quake was the strongest to hit Hawaii in more than two decades, and it was followed by several aftershocks, including one measuring 6.0.
Bob Duffer, director of missions for the Neighbor Islands Baptist Associations of Hawaii, told Baptist Press that First Baptist Church of Waimea in Kamuela on the Big Island sustained some water damage from broken pipes and some broken windows. At the parsonage there, a chimney fell and caused some structural damage.
Waikoloa Baptist Church, also on the Big Island, was closest to the epicenter of the earthquake, and the church’s pastor, Emerson Wiles, said people were grateful to be recovering material possessions rather than lost lives.
Most residents were dealing with cleaning up personal items that had fallen off walls and shelves in their homes, such as broken dishes, pictures, and mirrors, Wiles said.
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