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6.6 earthquake in Hawaii


The Pacific Tsunami Center reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.6. It was followed by several strong aftershocks, including one measuring a magnitude of 5.8, the Geological Survey said.

Blakeman said there was no risk of a Pacific-wide tsunami, but a possibility of significant wave activity in Hawaii.

On Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island, there was some damage in Kailua-Kona and landslide along a major highway, said Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Center.

…Power at least partially knocked out on every island, said Civil Defense spokesman Lani Goldman. On Oahu, 95 percent of customers were without power, he said. Authorities said some of the power outages may have been due to heavy rainfall.

Airports were functioning despite the power outages, though slowly.

Heraga said that inbound flights were being allowed to land, but outgoing flights were not taking off because the TSA doesn’t have enough power to screen passengers.

One of the things I am noticing in the reporting on cable news so far is that they are relying heavily on information coming from bloggers who are posting about conditions by hooking up their laptops to their cell phones to transmit. I heard it on CNN and Faux News.


I have friends over at the University of Hawaii Press, which is in Honolulu (on the island of Oahu), so I’ll be checking in to see how they are doing.

Visit the US Geological Survey website for maps and information on the quake.

I’ve traveled to both Oahu and the Big Island (in 1987 and in 2002). Some of those roads on the Big Island have to be unpassable if there were rock slides. Below is a panoramic view of the point on the Hilo side of the Big Island; click to enlarge.

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