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Monday, October 16, 2006

Yes Earthquake, No Power

Just a quick post, mostly to capitalize on the "Hawaii earthquake" search term that'll probably soon hit its peak in number of searches. ;)

Anyway, yes, a little after 7am on Sunday, a 6.7 earthquake centered in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island shook the whole state. It was quite freaky--my building swayed like a boat and creaked really loudly! As of this writing, about half of Oahu (the most populous island) is still without power (luckily, I am not one of them, having gotten power/water back around 11pm).

Well, this makes catastrophic power failure #3 for me--the first was as a baby during the "Summer of Sam" '77 blackout in NYC, the second was the '03 NYC/Northeastern U.S. outage--and 3's a charm!

Oh, gotta say one thing: mainstream media people, listen up once and for all! Stop calling Hawaii residents "Hawaiians." That term should be reserved for Native Hawaiians, meaning the people who are indigenous to the Hawaiian islands! In November 2005, the AP Stylebook updated the proper usage of this term. And yet, the AP itself misused it in a headline today: Hawaiians check for quake damage. Boo!

>> Hawai'i rattles, then loses power statewide [Hnl Advertiser, 10/16/06]

Hawaii vs. Hawaiian

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