October 15, 2006


As you may have learned, there was a 6.6 magnitude earthquake off the northwestern coast of the Big Island today. That's about 160 miles southeast of Honolulu. There've been no injuries or serious damage reported on Oahu, but there will undoubtedly be a few reports of structural damage both on this island and on Maui as well as Hawai'i. The USGS puts it at 10 miles or so offshore from Waikoloa, a resort town on the west coast of the Big Island. There have apparently been a slew of aftershocks (32, says the USGS site), but none large enough to notice over here.

It shook me out of bed at 7:07am this morning. I woke up to see the bedside lamp tottering (it didn't fall), realized what was going on, and reached for some clothes. By the time I'd gotten my shorts and shirt on it was over. I went out to the kitchen to see whether Mom had felt it (yep) and to turn on the coffee maker. About 4 minutes later the power went out island-wide, and it stayed out until 1:20pm. Fortunately, the coffee machine had managed to make about 4 cups before the power quit, so we had that to alleviate the trauma.

With no power, there was a scramble to find out how big the quake was, and that became a test of what radio station was well-enough prepared. Turns out there was only one that managed to get on the air and stay there: KSSK/K59. They broke into a taped program at about 7:30 with the one in-studio person they had on duty; shortly thereafter their weekday morning drive-time team showed up (Perry and Price, for those of you familiar with Honolulu radio). The station became the clearinghouse for all news from all points of the state; they had incoming telephone calls from the Governor (who was in a hotel in Waikoloa; the television in her room fell off the armoire it was on), State Civil Defense, the local utility companies, and just plain folks reporting from towns and locations on the roads.

I've lived here 28 years; I've gotten accustomed to volcanic and seismic activity over on the Big Island, but this is the first time I've ever felt a quake while on Oahu. I used to live in L.A., so I know what they're like, but it was a heck of a shock to be awakened by one.

All's well in this house; we were going to start worrying about the fridge and freezer contents, but no longer. Thanks for all the e-mails and comments.

Posted by Linkmeister at October 15, 2006 03:03 PM | TrackBack

Good to hear, the Northridge quake scared the willies out of me and we ended up spending the rest of the morning in the car… without coffee. :)

I am still amazed at the lack of damage and injuries. A ringing endorsement for Hawaii’s building codes.

KTTV streaming news:

A picture of the resulting dust cloud from a landside:

Posted by: xaphor at October 15, 2006 03:37 PM


Thanks for the post.

Posted by: shelley at October 15, 2006 03:57 PM

I am glad to hear that you're okay and that there are no injuries or damage to your loved ones and home.

Great to still have you blogging.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 15, 2006 04:01 PM

so glad to hear you and Mom are okay!! Thinking of you up here in (stable for now) Alaska.

beeeg shaka shaka, huh?

Posted by: barbara at October 15, 2006 04:04 PM

Very glad to hear you, your Mom, and your coffeepot are fine.

Posted by: Christina at October 15, 2006 04:52 PM

Glad everything is okay. I actually hadn't heard until just now (because I avoid the news on Sundays now), but... well, I'm glad.

Posted by: Mac at October 15, 2006 05:17 PM

Glad you're okay, Steve!

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 15, 2006 05:40 PM

Glad you're ok. I figured from the reports that all was well, but it's good to have confirmation. :)

Posted by: Solonor at October 15, 2006 06:34 PM

^5's for the heads up

Posted by: pixelshim at October 16, 2006 02:06 AM

As soon as I heard the news this morning (how late am *I* in hearing the news, anyway?) I thought of you.

Glad to hear everyone's ok. Pretty wild, huh?


Posted by: blue girl at October 16, 2006 02:37 AM

So glad all is well with you and yours.

Posted by: alicia at October 16, 2006 07:25 AM

I didn't get online all weekend, but I swear I was thinking of you as soon as I heard the news yesterday. Glad you're fine and dandy ... and thank goodness for that 1/2 pot of coffee you managed to make before the power went out!

Posted by: the other (more cynical) shelley at October 16, 2006 07:35 AM

Glad you're okay, and that it wasn't worse. A friend's parents live on the Big Island, but it sounds like they got though it with only minimal damage (which is good because they're trying to sell their property).

Posted by: Ed Martz at October 16, 2006 10:26 AM

Glad to hear all is well in the Linkmeister household. Hope the rebuilding efforts go smoothly. Hang in there!

Posted by: Charles Kuffner at October 16, 2006 10:38 AM

glad everything is ok over there in the aloha state.

mrs. skippy and i have actually stayed at the hilton waikaloa and the sheraton orchid as well. lovely countryside.

pls. keep us updated.



Posted by: skippy at October 16, 2006 03:12 PM

Glad you are OK!

Posted by: Alice at October 17, 2006 05:51 AM

So, I just noticed in my google news about the quake. Glad to here you weathered it well.

Posted by: DuWayne at October 18, 2006 08:38 PM