quote:A strong earthquake and sharp aftershocks jolted awake Hawaii residents, causing landslides breaking windows and shaking some buildings from their foundations, but causing no immediate reports of serious injuries.
KE, Mahalo nui loa! Thanks for your concerns, rest assured, I am fine!
Just got the power back on about an hour ago.
The quake was close to the Big Island, but we felt it pretty good over here. First time in my life I've ever experienced an Earthquake. It was a 6.8 followed by a 5.4 aftershock.
I had just woken up and not even brewed my first cup of coffee...I had turned on the Rams/Seahawks game and was just getting into the game when my TV started bouncing! All my hunting dogs in my backyard went absolutely crazy, along with all of the other dogs in the neighborhood. In fact, just before the quake hit, my dogs were all whining and acting way out of character for how they normally are in their kennel's first thing in the morning. Of claims that animals can sense seismic events before they are discernible by us Humans, I no longer doubt!!
It felt like a giant had picked up the corner of my house and gave it a good shake!
However, nothing fell or broke. My good buddy who I was supposed to go hunting with this afternoon called me up. While he was talking to me, his power went out. I told him, "My power is still on." As soon as the words left my lips, the power went out. LOL
So I turn on my battery powered radio and only two stations are on still playing music (We have about 30 or so stations here...almost all of them were off...very wierd to hear only one station without any competing signals...I could catch the same station all over the dial.).
After about half-an-hour, the radio station finally comes on with civil defense and we find out that every single power station has sensors that trigger a total shutdown of all turbines in the event of a seismic occurence. Since my island, O'ahu, has the most development and population, we have the largest and highest density electrical grid, so the electric company had to complete an entire inspection of our island's four power plants before they could start the turbines back up and bring the power back online. The neighbor islands, who have much smaller or less dense grids were back up and running within an hour or two of the quake, but not my island....I had no power for most of the day.
For this avid camper and tailgater, this was not a problem. I've got propane stoves, lanterns and plenty of fuel.
My wife on the other hand, has had a miserable day working at Honolulu International Airport. She had to go into work and deal with an across-the-board cancellation of flights and the backup power at the airport did not power her airline's computer system.
She was supposed to work a four hour shift...but is still working at this moment, 8 hours later. She just called me for a moment to tell me what's going on, and she hasn't eaten or had more than 5 minutes break all day.
I didn't bother to tell her about the great meal I made (Chili, rice and steak) by setting up my camping propane stove in the kitchen, or that since I had nothing to do, I began to drink all my beer that's been in my fridge untouched for awhile.
Wow - I just got a call from her again while typing this post. She has to stay at her work until the last plane that hasn't been cancelled leaves Honolulu Airport, which means she'll get off around 1:00am!! She started at 9:00 am this morning. If you ever watched that A&E reality show "Airline", that's basically what my wife does: she is a flight controller. She always says that air travel just seems to bring out the worst in people...
So now I'm sitting here with a pleasant beer buzz, getting ready to make some dinner.
Man, what a day. I actually went to the grocery store to by my steak and chili, because the radio told us not to open our refrigerator's or freezers while the power was out so that our food would remain unspoiled as long as possible.
I had to stand in line at the front door of the store, and they only let a few people in at a time so that there was not too much people shopping in a basically dark store.
Of course there was no ice or charcoal by the time I got into the store.
But at least I got some steak...they ran out right after I grabbed one of the last packages.
I have to tell you guys, I've always had a nice stock of supplies and food stored in my garage because of the possibility of Hurricanes, but you can't believe how many normal people are simply never prepared for anything until it's too late.
I certainly didn't have to go to the store, but did cause I had nothing else to do and felt like grabbing some steak and checking out the scene. It was unsettling to drive on roads with no power and all of the traffic lights dead. 4 way stops at every intersection. It was nice to see most people driving being courteous and safe...
That being said, while the drivers courtesy and cooperation were as good as could be considering the circumstances, the grocery store was a different matter. People were almost desperate while trying to grab up supplies like bottled water, charcoal, lighter fluid, small portable grills, ice etc.
After grabbing my steak and chili, I went driving around town to try and find a convenience store or another grocery store that might have ice - but everywehere I went had long lines and singns saying they were out of charcoal and ice.
It was kinda like a bizarre scene out of a hollywood post-apocalyptic tv show! And to think how many of my friends and family have called me paranoid because I do in fact have such a large supply of emergency food, water gears and supplies!
Anyhow, short of a massive hurricane or nuke from North Korea, most events that occur on this island usually won't affect me -- I'm fine, but I do appreciate everyone who expressed concern!
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glad to hear you are well, figured you would be but thought the power and water might take awhile to get back on line, and I'd imagined that people would go 'oh crap' once they realized they didn't have much ice and water on hand.
I'm glad you are all right Daruma. It's kind of a creepy feeling, the floor rolling under your feet while on dry land, isn't it? I've been through three, one minor one in the late 80's here in Illinois, and one minor and one major one while in California in the 90's. The major one was the Northridge quake in the mid 90's. I always keep a stock of emergency supplies on hand just in case, but I will take this as a reminder to take stock. Who know when the next tornado will strike or if the New Madrid fault will decide to let go and level the midwest. Good luck with the next few days while things readjust back to normal.
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