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On Shaky Ground: The 1989 San Francisco Earthquake        Video        Retro Report | The New York Times        14 April 2014

 

The 1989 earthquake

that shook San Francisco

sent out a wake-up call that continues

to echo across the country.

 

Produced by Retro Report

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch
?v=p4LFu91Xrw0&list=PL4CGYNsoW2iAOqPtxm4RHo205w_R1IWuH

 

Related

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/18/us/
earthquake-northern-california-violent-quake-hits-northern-california-hundreds.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchorage, Alaska

 

A car is trapped

on a road damaged by two earthquakes

south of Wasilla in Alaska.

 

Photograph: Marc Lester/AP

 

The 20 photographs of the week

The gilets jaunes’ protests in Paris,

the migrant caravan in Mexico,

the aftermath of the wildfires in Paradise

and the funeral of George H W Bush

– the week captured

by the world’s best photojournalists

G

Sat 8 Dec 2018        08.15 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/dec/08/
the-20-photographs-of-the-week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

earth tremor

 

 

 

 

beneath the earth's crust

 

 

 

 

tremor        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/01/
earthquake-shakes-blackpool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

earthquake        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/01/
earthquake-shakes-blackpool

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/apr/28/theobserver.uknews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

earthquake        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/
opinion/sunday/coronavirus-disaster-response.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/05/
739123627/southern-california-hit-with-another-big-earthquake-friday-night

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/
672240051/magnitude-7-0-earthquake-shakes-alaska-tsunami-warning-in-effect

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/20/
595564470/betting-on-artificial-intelligence-to-guide-earthquake-response

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/
us/earthquake-tsunami-alaska.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/21/
552559181/how-to-soften-the-blow-from-recent-hurricanes-and-earthquakes

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/21/
552574762/mexico-city-earthquake-update-desperate-attempts-to-reach-girl-trapped-by-rubble

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/08/
549367950/deadly-earthquake-off-southern-mexico-triggers-tsunami-warning

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/03/
541298754/earthquake-shakes-central-oklahoma-one-of-7-in-28-hours

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/06/
535741701/montana-earthquake-is-felt-for-hundreds-of-miles-early-thursday

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2010/01/
haiti_hit_with_7_magnitude_ear.html
- January 12, 2010

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-04-18-
midwest-earthquake_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-10-30-
calif-earthquake_N.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1994/01/18/us/
earthquake-overview-severe-earthquake-hits-los-angeles-
least-30-killed-freeways.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1964 Alaskan earthquake,

also known as

the Great Alaskan earthquake

and Good Friday earthquake,

occurred at 5:36 PM AKST

on Good Friday, March 27.

 

Across south-central Alaska,

ground fissures, collapsing structures,

and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake

caused about 131 deaths.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Alaska_earthquake

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/
opinion/sunday/coronavirus-disaster-response.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quake (abbr)        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/
world/americas/mexico-city-earthquake-photos.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/19/
552141609/at-least-42-people-killed-as-powerful-earthquake-convulses-central-mexico

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/03/
492517062/earthquake-rattles-oklahoma-one-of-strongest-recorded-in-state

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/us/
for-californians-2-quakes-put-preparedness-back-on-the-map.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-21-nev-
quake_N.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quake-prone    USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/
us/california-earthquake-insurance.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

predict earthquakes        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/may/20/
is-it-finally-possible-to-predict-earthquakes

 

 

 

 

seismologist        USA

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/02/
472784782/-earthquake-lady-says-we-need-better-buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

magnitude 7.0 earthquake        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/
30/672240051/magnitude-7-0-earthquake-shakes-alaska-tsunami-warning-in-effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.8 magnitude earthquake        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2011/09/02/
140137536/7-1-magnitude-earthquake-felt-off-alaska-local-tsunami-warning-issued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.2 magnitude earthquake        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/25/
351575797/alaska-is-rattled-by-6-2-magnitude-earthquake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strong earthquake > magnitude-6.0 quake        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/us/
strong-earthquake-shakes-bay-area-in-california.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violent quake        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/18/us/
earthquake-northern-california-violent-quake-hits-northern-california-hundreds.html

 

 

 

 


Major Quakes Since 1900 > Map        USA

 

Most of the largest earthquakes

occur along faults

where one of the earth’s tectonic plates

slides under another.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/
science/a-64-quake-still-reverberates.html

 

 

 

 

shallow earthquake        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. quake warning system        USA

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/02/
465182619/u-s-quake-warning-system-could-save-lives-when-seconds-count

 

 

 

 

earthquake warning > California        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/us/
california-lags-behind-on-a-quake-warning-system.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biggest quake since 1984 hits Britain        2008

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/27/
earthquake

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/27/
naturaldisasters

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/2008/02/
did_the_earth_move_for_you_las.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/interactive/2008/feb/27/
earthquake

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/feb/27/
homeinsurance.insurance

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2008/feb/27/1?picture=332720554

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/27/2

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/
uk-shaken-by-significant-earthquake-788045.html

 

 

 

 

a devastating quake

struck south-central Alaska on March 27, 1964

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/
science/a-64-quake-still-reverberates.html

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1964_03_28.php

 

 

 

 

geologist        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/
science/a-64-quake-still-reverberates.html

 

 

 

 

U.S. Geological Survey    USGS        USA

https://www.usgs.gov/ 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program        USA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

 

 

 

 

British Geological Survey        UK

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/

 

 

 

 

On May 18th, 1980,

at 8:32 a.m.,

the ground shook

beneath Mount St. Helens

in Washington state

as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck,

setting off one of the largest landslides

in recorded history

- the entire north slope of the volcano

slid away.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/mount_st_helens_30_years_ago.html

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2463

 

 

 

 

ash

 

 

 

 

ashen clouds

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/
mount_st_helens_30_years_ago.html

 

 

 

 

Hebgen Lake Earthquake / Largest Earthquake in Montana        USA        1959

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/events/1959_08_18.php

 

 

 

 

Interactive > Earthquakes: why they happen        2008

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2008/jan/23/
earthquakes

 

 

 

 

moderate / shallow earthquake        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/us/
06quake.html

 

 

 

 

moderate / shallow earthquake > rattle        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/03/
492517062/earthquake-rattles-oklahoma-one-of-strongest-recorded-in-state

 

 

 

 

 

8.8 quake        USA

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/
are-we-prepared-for-an-8-8-quake/

 

 

 

 

a magnitude 8.1 quake and tsunami

 

 

 

 

magnitude 7.7 quake        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/27/us/
ap-cn-canada-earthquake.html

 

 

 

 

an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale

 

 

 

 

a magnitude of 6.7

 

 

 

 

a moderate earthquake

of between 5.4 and 5.7 magnitude

 

 

 

 

magnitude 5.1 quake        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/29/
earthquake-strikes-near-los-angeles

 

 

 

 

massive undersea earthquake

 

 

 

 

powerful earthquake

 

 

 

 

hazard        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-04-18-
midwest-earthquake_N.htm

 

 

 

 

USA > California > San Francisco earthquake    1906

http://www.sfmuseum.net/1906/06.html

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/sf-earthquake-and-fire/

http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/sf/

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/sfhome.html

http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/timeline/progress/cities/earthqak.html

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tri131.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5334411

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-18-quake_x.htm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/page/0,,1753479,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/0,,1745885,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1753202,00.html

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/2006/04/18/
commemoration_or_celebration.html#more

 

 

 

 

USA > California > the San Andreas fault        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/jun/23/usnews.worlddispatch

 

 

 

 

Big One        USA

http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/earthquakes/exhibit.html

 

 

 

 

epicenter

 

 

 

 

evacuate

 

 

 

 

sequel

 

 

 

 

aftershock        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/us/
06quake.html

 

 

 

 

Richter scale

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/topics/richter.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ruins of San Francisco,

still smoldering after the 1906 earthquake,

taken from the tower of the Union Ferry Building,

and looking southwest down Market Street.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:San_francisco_1906_earthquake.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake

added  24.4.2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shake        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/01/
earthquake-shakes-blackpool

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/apr/28/
theobserver.uknews 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shake        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/
672240051/magnitude-7-0-earthquake-shakes-alaska-tsunami-warning-in-effect

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/
672240051/magnitude-7-0-earthquake-shakes-alaska-tsunami-warning-in-effect

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/
us/earthquake-tsunami-alaska.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/03/
541298754/earthquake-shakes-central-oklahoma-one-of-7-in-28-hours

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/us/
strong-earthquake-shakes-bay-area-in-california.html

 

 

 

 

 

rock        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-04-18-midwest-
earthquake_N.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/18/us/
earthquake-northern-california-violent-quake-hits-northern-california-hundreds.html

 

 

 

 

rumble

 

 

 

 

strike

 

 

 

 

hit        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/21/
552574762/mexico-city-earthquake-update-desperate-attempts-to-reach-girl-trapped-by-rubble

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/us/
06quake.html

 

 

 

 

jolt        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/19/
552141609/at-least-42-people-killed-as-powerful-earthquake-convulses-central-mexico

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-07-29-
quake_N.htm

 

 

 

 

jolt        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/
us/jolt-in-california-adds-to-trove-of-quake-commentary.html

 

 

 

 

sway

 

 

 

 

be rattled        USA

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/25/
351575797/alaska-is-rattled-by-6-2-magnitude-earthquake

 

 

 

 

flatten

 

 

 

 

topple

 

 

 

 

collapse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lie in ruins

 

 

 

 

debris        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/21/
552574762/mexico-city-earthquake-update-desperate-attempts-to-reach-girl-trapped-by-rubble

 

 

 

 

damage

 

 

 

 

losses        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/us/
strong-earthquake-shakes-bay-area-in-california.html

 

 

 

 

rubble        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/21/
552574762/mexico-city-earthquake-update-desperate-attempts-to-reach-girl-trapped-by-rubble

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/
world/americas/mexico-earthquake-death-toll.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/
arts/design/11restore.html

 

 

 

 

be caught alive from the rubble

 

 

 

 

be pulled out of the debris alive        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/21/
552574762/mexico-city-earthquake-update-desperate-attempts-to-reach-girl-trapped-by-rubble

 

 

 

 

search through the rubble of collapsed buildings

 

 

 

 

seek out life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

casualties

 

 

 

 

dead

 

 

 

 

the dead

 

 

 

 

death

 

 

 

 

death toll        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/
world/americas/mexico-earthquake-death-toll.html

 

 

 

 

the stench of death

 

 

 

 

the stench of decomposing corpses

 

 

 

 

spread over N

 

 

 

 

mass burial

 

 

 

 

pyre

 

 

 

 

cremation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

aid        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-05-29-
quake_x.htm

 

 

 

 

rescue

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/may/29/
indonesia.naturaldisasters1 

 

 

 

 

rescue worker

 

 

 

 

rescuer

 

 

 

 

search and rescue worker        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/
opinion/sunday/egan-at-home-when-the-earth-moves.html

 

 

 

 

search        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/us/
as-mudslide-debris-slows-search-a-resolve-to-help-takes-hold-among-residents.html

 

 

 

 

makeshift hospital

 

 

 

 

sniffer dog

 

 

 

 

sniff out

 

 

 

 

survivor

 

 

 

 

pull out

 

 

 

 

die from exposure

 

 

 

 

scavenge for food        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-05-28-
quake_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.0 quake

rattles northeastern Nevada

 

21 February 2008

USA Today

AP
 

 

RENO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook rural northeastern Nevada Thursday, causing at least one building to collapse and forcing a truck stop to evacuate, authorities said.

The magnitude of the quake, initially estimated at 6.3, was later revised to 6.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line.

"It was pretty bad," said Jane Kelso, who answered the phone at the Motel 6. "Everything in our whole building shook. "We have cracks in our walls."

The temblor was felt across eastern Nevada, Utah and as far away as Southern California. In Twin Falls, Idaho, residents reported severe shaking and items falling off shelves.

"Definitely a lot of people felt this, and if they were sleeping, they were awoken," said USGS geophysicist Carrieann Bedwell.

Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said there were reports of some damage to buildings. At least one building collapsed, he said, and a Flying J truck stop was evacuated because of a propane leak, he said.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries, but a manager at the truck stop said the store was a wreck, with groceries and goods scattered. One woman was reportedly injured when cigarette rack fell on her.

6.0 quake rattles northeastern Nevada,
UT,
21.2.2008,
https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-21-
nev-quake_N.htm 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands

 

April 29, 2007

Filed at 3:33 a.m. ET

The New York Times

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 

 

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) -- A moderate earthquake toppled several houses Sunday in the Solomon Islands near where a quake and tsunami killed 52 people earlier this month, an official said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.4 quake struck mid-afternoon local time, 25 miles southeast of the region's main town of Gizo and 6 miles beneath the earth's crust. The quake was too small to pose a tsunami risk.

Provincial government member Danny Kennedy said there were reports of houses being toppled on the island of Mono in the western Solomons, but he said Gizo appeared to have suffered little damage. There were no reports of casualties.

''It certainly shook us quite a lot,'' Kennedy said.

A magnitude 8.1 quake and tsunami on April 2 killed 52 people, including 33 on Gizo island.

Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands,
NYT,
29.4.2007,
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Solomon-Islands-Quake.html

 

 

 

 

 

Earth tremor hits southeast England

 

Sat Apr 28, 2007

8:56AM EDT

Reuters

 

FOLKESTONE (Reuters) - Southeast England was hit by a small earthquake on Saturday that brought down power lines and caused some structural damage.

Kent Police said they were working closely with emergency services in the coastal town of Folkestone -- the area worst hit by the tremor -- in dealing with more than 100 emergency calls. But there were no reports of serious injuries.

"Sussex police's helicopter is helping us with a view of the area, while the Kent police marine unit is out as well," said a Kent police spokeswoman.

Experts gave differing estimates of the earthquake's strength with the U.S. Geological Survey measuring the tremor's magnitude at 4.7 on the Richter scale while the British Geological Survey put it at 4.3.

"It's similar to ones in 1950 and 1776," said Dr Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey (BGS). "We're quite fortunate that it's as small as it is."

The earthquake brought down power lines with several thousand homes affected, but EDF Energy Networks said service had been quickly restored to customers in the Folkestone and Dover areas.

After the earthquake, local residents called television stations to report feeling the ground shake, cracks appearing in homes and chimneys being brought down.

"It woke me. It felt like an explosion and my bedroom started shaking backwards and forwards. It was a violent, violent rattle," Alison Reiney told Sky News

Witness Lorraine Muir said chimneys had come down, gas and electricity supplies were off and people were being evacuated from their homes by the Salvation Army.

"We've been evacuated ... we've got no gas or electricity at the moment. It's chaos up here," she said.

The earthquake had no effect on international travel services with Eurotunnel, which runs cross-channel rail services to France from its terminal near Folkestone on the English coast, running normally.

A spokesman at Dover, one of the busiest ferry ports in Europe, also said it was operating normally. "There has been no impact on ferries or on checking in," he said.

The tremor, which struck at 0718 GMT, was the largest British earthquake since the one that hit Dudley in the West Midlands in 2002.

Earth tremor hits southeast England, R, 28.4.2007,
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL2861575520070428

 

 

 

 

 

A Strong Earthquake Rattles Hawaii

 

October 16, 2006

The New York Times

By JANIS L. MAGIN

and MARIA NEWMAN

 

HONOLULU, Oct. 15 — A strong earthquake struck the Hawaiian Islands early Sunday, shaking residents and tourists from their sleep, knocking out electrical power to several areas and setting off a landslide that rained boulders and other debris on the major highway of the largest island.

The United States Geological Survey said that the main quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and that there had been at least a dozen aftershocks, including one that measured 5.8. Officials said the quake was the largest to hit Hawaii since one of magnitude 6.7 in 1983.

Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration Sunday afternoon and activated the National Guard, which happened to be conducting a statewide drill this weekend. The governor ordered her cabinet to convene at the headquarters of the Hawaii State Department of Civil Defense, which is in Diamond Head crater in Honolulu, the state capital, on the island of Oahu.

There were no reports of deaths, but there were scores of unconfirmed reports of injuries. Kona Community Hospital had significant damage, and patients were moved to a hotel, officials said.

The lack of electricity hampered communications, and officials could not say exactly how severe the damage was or what the extent of injuries was. The governor urged people to go to work on Monday as usual.

The quake, centered just off the northwest shore of the Island of Hawaii, occurred at 7:07 a.m. local time, officials said. That side of the island contains Kohala, a popular resort area.

The quake and its aftershocks set off fears of a tsunami. But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a report saying that “no tsunami is expected” because the quake was too deep and that its magnitude was below the tsunami trigger point of 6.9.

Kawaihae Harbor, near the epicenter, was closed because of damage to buildings and a fuel line.

Power was knocked out for hours in many areas, but by midafternoon, it had been restored to Hilo on the Island of Hawaii and to parts of Maui.

Leonid Citer, 50, a photographer from Wayne, N.J., said in a telephone interview that he was on his way to photograph a wedding in Kona when the quake hit. Mr. Citer said he pulled to the side of the road when he felt the shock and debris began to rain down.

“There are rocks and fruit all over the road,” he said. “There are police and firemen at all the major intersections, and they were instructing people to go up as high as they can, elevation-wise, and they are advising them to stay away from the shore.”

Emergency management officials also urged residents and others to stay put if they could, to keep roadways open for emergency vehicles.

Beth Chapman, who co-stars with her husband, Duane Chapman, on the A&E cable reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” said she was at their home in the Portlock section of Oahu when the quakes hit.

“There were two quakes, one at 7:08 this morning and the second one at 7:12,” she said in a telephone interview. “I know because the clock stopped when the second one came.

“I was outside for the second one, and you could hear this strange noise coming from the ocean,” Ms. Chapman said. “Then the ground shook, and there was a huge wave in our swimming pool.”

Airports across the islands switched to emergency backup systems, which allowed inbound flights to land and a few outbound planes to depart. By midday, all flights out of the airports on Honolulu and Maui were canceled, as were flights to Hawaii from the United States mainland. At the airports still in operation, security officials checked luggage manually and agriculture agents used dogs to sniff packages and luggage because X-ray machines were without power.

Officials asked cruise ships to keep guests on board, and ships scheduled to make landfall in Hawaii were asked to head to their next location.

“We’re are dealing with a lot of scared people,” Harry Kim, mayor of Hawaii County, said in a televised interview on KITV.

Governor Lingle was on the Big Island, staying at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, when the building rattled.

“It shook very strongly and knocked the televisions off the bureaus in the hotel,” she said in an interview on KSSK Radio, one of the few broadcast outlets that was not knocked off the air. “TV’s fell, books fell, mirrors fell off the wall.”

Insurance experts said that early reports suggested relatively light damage to homes and businesses and that perhaps the heaviest costs could result from electric power failures in Honolulu and on other islands.

The insurers offered no immediate estimates on overall economic damage, but Robert P. Hartwig, chief economist of the Insurance Information Institute, said payouts for damage from insurance companies for the earthquake probably would be “very modest,” perhaps under $25 million compared with $1.1 billion for one of the least costly hurricanes last year, Hurricane Dennis, which hit Florida in June 2005.

The most costly earthquake in the United States, the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles in 1994, cost insurers up to $26 billion in today’s dollars. It measured 6.7. By comparison, the insurers paid out $41 billion for damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Hartwig said that probably no more than 25 percent of homeowners in Hawaii and fewer than 50 percent of businesses had special policies that pay for earthquake damage.

“Right now, it does not look like there is substantial structural damage or major fires,” he said. “And it looks like very modest costs to insurers. It could turn out to be higher if there is considerable damage to foundations and walls that is not immediately obvious.”

 

Janis L. Magin reported from Honolulu,

and Maria Newman from New York.

Andrew C. Revkin, Joseph B. Treaster

and David Carr contributed reporting from New York.

A Strong Earthquake Rattles Hawaii,
NYT,
16.10.2006,
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/us/16hawaii.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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