Looks like I must be the first of the Hawai’i bloggers to be able to get back on line.

When the temblor first hit I thought is was a large truck going by on the highway just behind my house. The rumble kept building and building and then my desk started to tremble. My poor cat, Bear, headed for the safety of the space under my bed. The quake lasted about 30-seconds at my location. Just about the moment it stopped is when the power failed. Every island in the State lost power. Each island has their own generators.

The biggest problem on Maui was total loss of information. It seems that none of our radio stations have emergency generators for their studios or transmitters. The only info we could get was from KSSK radio (590 AM) out of Honolulu and, naturally, their main focus was Honolulu. What limited info they received about the neighbor islands was immediately shared though. For which I was thankful.

I was in the Bay Area when the Loma Prieta quake hit. (October 17, 1989 – The “World Series” quake). I was also in El Lay when the Northridge quake occured (January 17, 1994).

This one didn’t hold a candle to those two.

This one would have caught the attention of most Californians but would, at most, have been just interesting conversation at Starbucks on the way into work.

Our Governor, Linda Lingle (R), was in Kona-Kailua, about 14 miles from the epicenter, when the earth started moving beneath her feet. She is now back in Honolulu, the State Capitol.

Luckily, there have been no reported deaths.

One home caught fire in O’ahu when someone lit some candles, not knowing that the propane line to their oven had been pulled loose. That is just plain stupidity. A definate candidate for a Darwin Award.

On Maui, the town of Hana is isolated. They have power, phones, cable, etc but both the main road and the back road are blocked.

You folks outside of Hawai’i probably know more about today that we do.

We lucked out. This apparently was caused by a submerged landslide rather that being associated with any magma movement. Geologist know that there have been landslides in Hawai’i, circa 100,000 years ago, that generated a tsunami over 1,000 feet (305 meters) high. This will eventually happen again. When it does, ever city on the Pacific Rim will disappear from the face of the earth.

A tsunami that large will erase most of LA County. There would be a wave taller than the Golden Gate Bridge enetring the Bay Area.

The way these waves propagate will cause a wave up the Hudson rRiver in New York over 300 feet high. London would see a wave at least 50 feet high coming up the Thames.

The Straits of Gilbralter would get a wave about 200 high enetring the Mediterranian.

Florida would disappear as would New Orleans.

Rio De Janerio would have a lot of dead bodies off of Ipanema.

Like I said, we were ALL lucky today.

Sleep well.

5 Comments so far

  1. kris (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    I was also in the Bay area for Loma Prieta. I live on the Big Island and I was within 10 miles of the epicenter. I would disagree with your statement, “This one didn’t hold a candle to…” – at least with regard to Loma Prieta. From this island, there was a whole lotta shakin going on! Glad you’re safe.

  2. Paradise Driver (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 9:43 am

    Yesterdays temblor was 6.6 on the open ended Richter Scale. Loma Prieta was 7.1. Each increase of 0.1 means the quake is 10 times more powerful than the decimal point below it. A whole number jump is 100 times more powerful that the prior whole number.

    Thus Loma Prieta was 50 times more powerful than yesterdays quake.

    Proximity is important. Since you were only 10 miles from yesterdays epicenter you would have felt it harder than someone on Mau’i and way stronger than someone on O’ahu.

    At my Kihei home I estimated the shockwave at my location to be about a 5.5 and the strongest that Honolulu would have felt would have been about a 5.0.

    I was in the hills above Los Gatos during Loma Prieta, less than 10 miles from that epicenter.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    There’s a city named Ever on the Pacific Rim?

    And, only Ever City will disappear-that ain’t big!


  4. Paradise Driver (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 11:43 pm


    Quit being a fucking cunt.

    Typos occur. Live with it.

  5. Laurie (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 8:35 am

    I’m over here in south east Louisiana – I enjoyed that typo! Thanks.


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