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One Earthquake, Several Aftershocks Hit Hawaiian Islands

Aired October 15, 2006 - 17:00   ET


FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Fredricka Whitfield in the Atlanta CNN NEWSROOM. You're watching live report from KITV, where they have reported more aftershocks being felt now almost four hours after an earthquake measuring 6.6 was felt along that string of islands there.
Rob Marciano is in the weather center joining us as well.

We have heard anywhere from 10 to 20 aftershocks being felt. How scary is this?

ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Well, it's obviously scary if you're right over them. But the good news, Fredricka, is that most of the aftershocks, with the exception of the first one, which was a 5.8, have -- have been much, much smaller.

They've been right around the 3.0 average, which is -- which is just barely enough to feel. But the last -- the latest one that just came in since we have been on the air at 20:35 GMT -- so that's 16:00 -- that's 4:30 Eastern Time, minus another six is what, 10:30-ish -- a 4.2 magnitude there. So that an aftershock.

So what's a little bit unnerving is that we have just seen a bump in the magnitude of the last aftershock, which means there could be larger ones still to come. And the USGS will tell you that's not entirely unheard of.

So that's the latest that we have seen. I want to show you, GR115 (ph), and we'll go over the actual radar out of Honolulu, out of Hawaii. And you can see they're getting rain.


MARCIANO: So that's the latest I have for you, Fredricka, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake -- or aftershock happening after a series of 2.6s, 2.7s, 3.2 -- so...

WHITFIELD: But that might be the second largest aftershock. The first being reported like 5.0 after that 6.6.

MARCIANO: Right. And that happened about an hour -- a little less than an hour ago -- 4.2.

WHITFIELD: All right. Well, we know you're going to continue to watch that for us. And we'll continue to watch the reports from the USGS as well. And we're glad to be able to now start to get some video for the first time. These images I'm told are just now coming in. You are seeing a grocery store there. And I believe we're also going to see some sort of Home Depot store. And you see people milling about.

Of course as you read the sign there, power is out along many of the islands there. But it looks look people without panic are going in there to get whatever kind of supplies they need to get through the next few hours or perhaps even days while power continues to be restored. We have heard various reports of structural damage from roofs collapsing, to furniture shifted around in people's homes. And the most alarming potentially news we're learning is that on the big island which was nearest the epicenter of this earthquake, at least one hospital in Kona has been evacuated because of structural damage there, and along the island a lot of debris is falling on the highways.

In fact, we've got some still images. Well, actually we're going to take you now back to KITV while you look at one of the last images that we're getting in.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some meat and stuff for the barbecue, for the propane, ice, little things like that, just to tide us over.

RICHARDSON: All right. Rick Veely (ph), thanks a lot. And good luck with the rest of the day.

Paula, and we can tell you again that there was a long line outside of here. And basically, Times (ph) does have a backup generator. And that's why they've been able to come here to get supplies.

The line was long, and so they were only letting people in just a few at a time. But as you can see behind me, the line has gone down, and that's why people are starting to go in and get their things. But it's going to be a long day. And so people are going inside to get batteries, water, and probably peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since they can't cook at home.

Paula, back to you.

PAULA ACANA, KITV CORRESPONDENT: All right. Thank you very much, Mahealani.

And yes, there's been -- I know up in Pacific Palisades there's neighbors who are cooking for neighbors.


ACANA: Using their gas grills and helping people out up there. So as the day goes on without the electricity, until it comes back on line, we'll see a lot more of that.

CHING: Well, it has been quite a tremendous morning. We can tell you that there is a positive report coming out of the big island. The Palace Theater in Hilo, they are calling in. They are saying that they did not sustain damage and that the 2:30 matinee of "Annie" is still on. So if you are in the Hilo area and you're able to see this, then that is scheduled as planned.

ACANA: Power is pretty much restored to the big island.


ACANA: So it's Oahu and Kauai that are seeing the problems, especially Oahu.

And we do have Gary Sprinkle. He was explaining about the electrical problems and getting it all back on line. And Gary joins us again -- Gary.

CHING: Gary, can you hear us? Apparently we're having some...


CHING: Go ahead, Gary. Can you hear me? Gary?

OK, we're having some...

SPRINKLE: Are we on?

CHING: Yes. Go ahead.

ACANA: Go ahead.


Jay (ph), hold on. OK. OK.

I've got Jay (ph) from Las Vegas on the phone here who is watching us via CNN.

Tell us how you are doing that, Jay (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're doing fine, thank you. It was a shock to turn on the news and to see what is happening.

What is interesting is we moved here two months ago from Honolulu. My mom still lives there. She's in her 60s, and she lives in a high-rise in Matiki (ph). And I know we are supposed to stay off the phone, but through your broadcast I was able to assure her of what -- what is going on, what's taking place, and, you know, that things will be all right.

Obviously she (INAUDIBLE). She really doesn't want to walk down all those flights of stairs.

She's on the (INAUDIBLE). She does have a battery, but she's trying to save her radio. So I just checked in with her. And I just want to appreciate your broadcast.

You're being displayed nationwide through CNN. And it was great to see some local faces as well. I hope everybody is OK.

CHING: Well, thank you very much for your call, Jay (ph). And did your mom say how she was awakened this morning or how she was -- first knew that we were experiencing a 6.5 quake?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. You know, it woke her up. Her whole bed was shaking and it scared her.

She has a china cabinet. And she said that it was rattling so hard she was afraid it was going to fall over.

She has a little statue that she got on the trip that was laying on her dresser. She said that things were falling off of her dresser but no major damage.

CHING: OK. Well, the other thing about this earthquake is it lasted a long time. I think it had a duration of at least 15 seconds, I'm guessing. But -- well, Jay (ph), thank you very much for your call. We appreciate it, and I'm glad to hear your mom is OK.

WHITFIELD: That is our live coverage there from KITV. And I mentioned a little bit before going to the live broadcast there via satellite about one potentially alarming report coming out of the big island, that one of the hospitals has been evacuated because of some structural damage.

Well, we've got on the line with us now Terry Lewis of the Kona Community Hospital. Terry is the interim director of public relations there.

So, Terry, tell me about evacuation efforts and why.

TERRY LEWIS, KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: OK. Well we evacuated all of our med-surg patients. They're going to be moved to Hilo Medical Center. That's our sister hospital on the other side of the island. And our long-term care/nursing home patients are going to be transported down to the Sheraton Caho (ph) conference center about five or six miles down the road here, where they -- you know, the conference center will have air-conditioning and it will be much more comfortable for them.

WHITFIELD: And is this because there was some structural damage to the community hospital? What was it that was going on there?

LEWIS: Yes. Yes, we did sustain some structural damage. The integrity of the building seems to be OK, but a lot of our ceilings and our medical surgical unit have fallen in. And our operating room, the ceilings have come down.

Our water supply here is limited. Actually, our power has been restored. So...

WHITFIELD: And so those things took place as a result of this earthquake hitting at about 7:08 your time. Tell me what it was like at that moment, what you all experienced, what you heard. How did the patients and the staff there get through it all? LEWIS: Well, we have a remarkable staff, you know, number one. And, you know, we're taught not to panic.

So everybody just stayed calm, you know, and tried to keep the patients calm and assess the damage. And then our -- our disaster plan was instituted. So people just went into, you know, their -- their disaster mode.

WHITFIELD: So none of your patients were further traumatized.


WHITFIELD: You know, their medical conditions as a result of the earthquake?

LEWIS: Not at all. Not at all.

WHITFIELD: Well, that's good news.


WHITFIELD: Terry Lewis, the interim director of public relations at the Kona Community Hospital, which evacuated the majority -- all of your patients to at least two different facilities, the Hilo Medical Center and the Sheraton Caho (ph) conference center.

Thanks so much for your time.

LEWIS: Well, I would just like to add...


LEWIS: ... that our emergency department here at the hospital is fully functional.


LEWIS: And that if anybody needs any emergency care, you know, we are here.

WHITFIELD: And that is good to know, especially now that you have gotten that power restored.

LEWIS: Yes. Yes.

WHITFIELD: Which is indeed good news.

All right. Thank you so much, Terry.

And a moment ago we saw a live picture of downtown Honolulu, and it gave you a view of Waikiki Beach, which is often frequented by, of course, a lot of tourists. And in the far back there Diamond Head.

It's a rainy day. We want to go back to our live coverage from KITV out of Honolulu now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... to get through the day, I think, probably. Hopefully they'll have power then.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good luck to you. Were you in your hotel when it happened?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell me what it felt like.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, you know, you felt the tremor and stuff, and then it started swaying. And we just grabbed what we could and ran down the stairs to get out. So...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you very much.

So that's the situation here at Disorro (ph), one of the few places that is open and functioning here in the town area on a limited basis. They're letting small numbers of customers in to buy basic supplies.

Kil Keikart (ph), KITV Island Television news.

ACANA: All right. Thank you, Kil (ph).

Once again, just little -- a few places here and there.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: A Home Depot, though. Ben Cateras (ph) was down there. People looking especially for ice, batteries, flashlights, and necessities.

CHING: That's right.

To update you, the power is still out on the island of Oahu. Power coming slowly coming back on the big island.

The last report we had out of the island of Kauai is through viewer e- mails. And they said that the power is slowly starting to come up. Some power on Kauai -- now, we're unclear what areas on the island of Kauai. Of course they did feel much of the aftershock, as did most of us throughout the state.

ACANA: That's right. And the island of Maui, we spoke with Mayor Arakawa (ph), who says Maui fared pretty good, pretty good shape. Power is about 50 percent on that island. But the Hana (ph) highway is closed with at least three rockslides, especially one big one there, mile marker 38.

Some poles that are down, and possibly a damaged bridge in that area. But other than that he says Maui is in pretty good shape.

CHING: Pretty good shape.

We're trying to get some pictures for you of some of the damage that has occurred on any of the islands, particularly the big island. I want to show you our contact information.

If you have any of the pictures, if you have any information, there is our phone number right into our newsroom, 535-0440. If you're on a neighbor island, dial 808. Also, you see That's our Web address.

Please, if you have any photographs, any digital pictures that you can send us, please do so. Or if you have any questions, if you have any -- any kind of information that you may have to share with us, you can contact us there at those -- at those two sources.

ACANA: All right.

CHING: So...

ACANA: And once again, some of the areas that are closed on the big island, Big Island Civil Defense saying that the North Kona Community Hospital Suffering Some Major Structural Damage. So they evacuated all the patients as a precaution while they assess that.

Also, the Yano Hall is closed.

CHING: Honokaa Long Term Care Facility also evacuated because of structural damage.

ACANA: The Kahala Hospital, the Royal Kona Resort.

CHING: Kona Gym, and also a gas leak reported at the Maunalani Hotel.

So up and down that Kona coast area, North Kahala suffering quite extensive damage, according to reports out of the big island.

We spoke earlier to Captain Kealoha (ph) from the big island. He's a police officer there. He's functioning with the civil defense there. And he said again that they are still assessing the situation, trying to determine what has gone on.

But they are reporting no fatalities, some injuries. But the amount, the extent is really unclear at this time.

ACANA: It's a lot of infrastructure damage that they're reporting at this time, sinkholes, rockslides, landslides, a lot of boulders in the roadway.


ACANA: So several of the major arteries on the Kona coastline are closed at this time. And portions of Saddle Road as well.

CHING: That's right. Also, Kanapolii (ph) highway suffering some damage. Again, rockslides causing most of it, blocking traffic there. Or blocking.

We do know that one lane is open on Kanapoli (ph) highway at this hour.

So that is the latest information there for you on the big island.

ACANA: We're going to go live right now to Mahealani Richardson out in the Kahala area -- Mahealani.

RICHARDSON: Well, Paula, as we mentioned earlier, you know, people are slowly starting to stream in here to the Times Kahala (ph) because they want to buy supplies. It's uclear at this point when the power is going to go back on.

And joining us now is Autumn Harmon (ph).

Good morning, Autumn (ph).


RICHARDSON: Thanks for joining us.

And you felt this earthquake at 7:08 this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting it was a 6.6. What did you feel?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The windows shook. The bed was shaking because I was still in bed. Didn't hear anything right off the bat, and then my neighbors started coming out asking questions. And...

RICHARDSON: What was the first thing that came to your mind when you felt this earthquake here?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well I was -- since I was just waking up, I was surprised. And it was, like, questioning myself, "Is this an earthquake?" I didn't know what was going on quite yet. But...

RICHARDSON: Were you scared or were you pretty calm when all of this was happening?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was calm. It was kind of more like disbelief. More like -- since I come from the Midwest, we're used to, like, tornadoes and heavy winds. So I was thinking, well, maybe it's just the wind because it's been storming a lot, rocking the windows back and forth. But, yes, I didn't realize it was an earthquake until a little bit later.

RICHARDSON: And you are here to buy supplies, obviously. What are you going to buy here at Times (ph)?


RICHARDSON: That's it?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, probably -- you know, other things that I can just grab, granola bars and stuff, easy stuff that I can keep out. It doesn't need to be refrigerated, because they're telling everybody, you know, keep -- keep electricity and keep water. So I'm going to try to do that.

RICHARDSON: All right, Autumn (ph). Thank you so much. And enjoy the rest of your day, or at least try to. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You too.

RICHARDSON: Thanks a lot.


RICHARDSON: Well, again, you know, people were here at Times (ph). And earlier there was a really long line. Actually, the line has started to pick up.

I'm going to move out of the shot just a little bit so you can see this line. I guess the line has come back up again, and it's kind of sort of gone up, gone down. And so people are just here trying to buy supplies.

The Times (ph) is letting people in slowly. Not all -- all at once. And again, this is just one of several chains here that does have a backup generator. And so that's why people are able to come in and buy some supplies.

Reporting live from the Kahala area, Mahealani Richardson, KITV 4, your island television news.

Back to you.

ACANA: All right. Thank you, Mahealani.

Of course, Autumn (ph) talking conserving -- well, of course you can't conserve the power. There isn't any power right now.


ACANA: But to keep your refrigerators and freezers closed, because we're looking at quite a lengthy time before the electricity may be turned on here, and you don't want any of that food to spoil.

CHING: That's right. Officials are not clear as to when the power will be restored. They're saying anywhere between 10 and 12 hours. So it could be a pretty long haul, especially for the island of Oahu, in terms of getting the power back on.

As far as the phone system, we spoke with Dan Smith (ph) of Hawaiian Telecom earlier. He said that there were no reports of any damage to their infrastructure. But he did report some heavy congestion which may have prohibited some of the calls being put through and connected.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, also a big problem with most of our phones, as our phone lines are tied into the electrical system. So unless you have one of those older phones...

CHING: That's right, yes.

ACANA: ... it's not going to work anyway.

CHING: OK. We're having some sort of alarm here at the studio.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: May I have your attention, please? There is a bathroom working on the ninth floor.

CHING: OK. That is the building that we are in. It's a condominium. We're in the bottom floor, and apparently management here is sending out an alarm -- issuing some kind of a bulletin...

ACANA: That they do have a bathroom working.


ACANA: And that's one of the big problems that you are seeing in these big condominium buildings.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: There's no electricity. And so people are staying put rather than having to walk down the stairwells. And that's some of the calls that we've been hearing from people who live in some of the senior homes that are -- (INAUDIBLE) and some of those others that just need to stay put and not walk up and down the stairs.

CHING: Right.

We also heard from the Honolulu Fire Department that when the power went out this morning soon after those first initial shocks that there were some people trapped in elevators. So they are -- the Honolulu Fire Department is working on that situation.

We don't have any new information on that. That was initial reports, that there were some people trapped in elevators at that time.

I mean, when it happened, it was about 7:08. I don't know, you were in bed. I was in bed.

ACANA: Yes. Shaken awake. But I'm sure there were people -- that's -- a lot of people out and about already at 7:08 in the morning.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: So they are on their way to church or on their way to, you know, whatever they do on Sunday morning when it hit.

CHING: I mean, as soon as it happened, I jumped in my car and I took off, and I went to go look around and see what was happening. And as soon as I hit downtown, there was maybe hundreds of people outside one of the condos there just waiting on the street. Apparently, they were evacuated from their building.

So we have a lot of this kind of thing happening throughout town, you know, based on what is happening, the loss of power and the initial shocks.

ACANA: That's right. But that electricity is going to be off for quite some time.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: We're going to go live now to Gary Sprinkle again in the newsroom -- Gary.

SPRINKLE: OK. Thanks, Paula.

I've got Mike on the phone from the big island.

Mike, what can you tell us about these landslides on the roads?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Yes. (INAUDIBLE) are in the street. There are a few cracks in the road as well. Can't really travel that well. It's pretty dangerous.

Our officers are doing a great job. Also, they're very spread out with all of the rocks falling into the roads here.

This morning it was pretty chaotic. There was no information coming out of anywhere. It was pretty much everyone for themselves. The grocery stores, gas stations, were open, but a select few. And like I said, driving around town was just pretty much impossible this morning.

SPRINKLE: OK. Mike, when you mention Pulani Road (ph), what part of the island is that on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Kona side, sir.

SPRINKLE: OK. Kona side. And what exactly is the problem. Is it a landslide?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, what happened is our roads here are cut (INAUDIBLE), Gary. And there is like rock cliffs on both sides. So anything that was loose is now in the street. And -- a lot of rock walls are usually stacked above that, you know, for the coffee farms and the divided property. And a lot of those stones as well are in the street.

SPRINKLE: OK. Do you -- have you noticed that most people are staying away? Or are people out and about on the road as normal?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People are out and about on the road as normal. I think it's the lack of communication that we're getting here. Like I said, it's very limited information.

When this first broke this morning, I actually had to call a friend in Santa Cruz to give me information on what was happening here on the big island. You know, of course we're all concerned with what is happening in North Korea and whatnot. We didn't know what was happening.

SPRINKLE: Yes, I think everybody had kind of a different idea of what might have been going on.

But Mike, thank you very much for that report from the Pulani (ph) area of the big island. Pulani Road (ph), that is, in the Kona area.

Thank you for that info, Mike.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. No problem, sir.


Back to you, Paula and Shawn.

CHING: All right. Thank you very much, Gary.

We have been asking people if they are able to, to send pictures to us at the And we have some pictures that were sent in from viewers in the Captain Cook area, and we would look to share those with you at the time.

Oh, there are some big boulders on the roadway. That caller Mike, who was from the Kona area, mentioning that's the big problem that they're seeing with some of the roadways, is that there's sheer cliffs on either side of the roadway. And what may have been loose above has come down on to the roads, and that's what we see here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's right. This is south of Kona, in the Captain Cook area. And you can see, as Paula, mentioned, the boulders are considerable in size. And you can see that it is blocking the road there. That is Highway 190, which goes around the big island.

Here's another photo of a rock wall.

ACANA: It looks like a rock wall or a sea wall that may have come down. Probably that -- that's -- a lot of that is infrastructure damage you will see. Oh, it's a big rock wall.

OK, a rock retaining wall that has come down. This also in the Captain Cook area on the island of Hawaii. So, major infrastructure problems and boulders coming through.

CHING: OK. We don't know exactly where those photos were taken of the big island, of the rock wall.

ACANA: Rock wall.

CHING: But we do know that that first photo of the boulders on the highway were taken in Captain Cook.

So if you have any pictures that you can send to us, please do so at the We will put them on the air once we receive them.

So we want to thank the viewer who sent those pictures in to us.

ACANA: That's right.

CHING: That is coming from the big island.

ACANA: We want to take a quick look again at some of the information regarding the quake that struck at 7:08 this morning. There were two substantial earthquakes that struck the island chain. And since then we have had about 20 aftershocks. That first one hitting at 7:07, they're saying, with a magnitude of 6.6. It was centered about six miles southwest of Puako. And that's why we're seeing all that damage in that area. They're suffering -- seeing the most structural damage.

That second one. That second one following just seven minutes later.

CHING: That's right.

We had callers calling us in from north Kahala area, near the Hawi area, reporting extensive damage. We had one caller call in, Biwong (ph), who said that his stove shifted some 18 inches in his kitchen, that his house -- house possibly shifted off its foundation.

He said all of his TV sets crashed to the ground. So he reported extensive rumbling there.

He didn't say much about injuries. He didn't report much of -- as far as the injuries are concerned. But, of course, again, to reiterate, no fatalities reported yet. But he did report a lot of rockslides in that Hawi area.

ACANA: And of course we've had numerous aftershocks, and they've continued on. One registering 4.2, and that was just at 10:35 this morning. So the aftershocks continue.

CHING: That's right. And was it a 4.2 -- yes, this afternoon at 10:35. So about -- about 20 aftershocks are reported so far.

And they are telling us initially (ph) was that it may be the biggest earthquake since 1983, which is quite some time. And again, going back to that caller from the big island, he characterized it. He's a fourth generation big island resident, and he's experienced many of the earthquakes up there, the shaking and rattling there. And he said that nothing like it has compared as to what happened this morning.

ACANA: Of course, that's so close to them.


ACANA: I mean, we're feeling it 153-plus miles.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: So they're right there just six miles away. So, a lot of rumbling on the big island.

We want to share with you some information from the Board of Water Supply.

Sue Shin (ph) from the Board of Water Supply sending out a water alert, reminding people to please conserve water. The reservoirs are filled. But the pumps depend on electricity.

So they won't be able to refill the reservoirs as long as there isn't any electricity. So we need to stretch that supply. So only use the water that you need for drinking and for basic necessities.

CHING: OK. We have a reporter just back from the field.

Jill Kuramoto is here with some information.

JILL KURAMOTO, KITV CORRESPONDENT: Well, we just got back from a house in Manoa (ph) where they had some serious structural damage because of this earthquake. Now, I can show you some video that we just brought back from the scene.

Now, this house is on Vancouver Drive in Manoa (ph), and it's actually an historic home. It's 100 years old. And it sustained some serious damage when the concrete furnace collapsed.

It's a three-story home, and it goes above -- about six feet above the roof. And all of it collapsed after the second earthquake. The owners of the home tell me that it sounded like war when it started to crumble and fall.

All three floors sustained some damage, as you can see from this video, but actually no one was injured, surprisingly. People were home in their rooms. And people actually witnessed the rocks coming down. And one person in the home said the -- the house shook so hard that the very antique hardwood headboard almost collapsed on him. And he figures he probably would have been knocked unconscious or even worse had that had fallen on him.

But they're all fine. I guess they have an insurance person coming over to the house as we speak to take a look and see how bad the house actually is. But surprisingly, again, nobody was hurt in this.

ACANA: Wow, that is really fortunate, because that's pretty substantial damage to that home.


KURAMOTO: And they were frightened. They were seriously frightened.

There were also some guests there from Colorado who just arrived on the island yesterday.


KURAMOTO: They said this is going to be a very memorable vacation for them.

ACANA: When you drove around that area -- because there are a lot of older homes in that area.


ACANA: That's an old community.


ACANA: Did you see anything else? KURAMOTO: Not that we could see. There wasn't any other serious damage to any other homes as far as we could tell. But again, that is an historic 100-year-old home. Surprisingly, I guess it actually is built pretty well considering it was only the furnace that collapsed.

CHING: Yes. So that's quite a wake-up call.


CHING: Were they afraid at all? Were they in bed sleeping?

KURAMOTO: Some of them were. They said that actually some of the guests in the home were so frightened they came out of their room and they were naked. But, you know...

CHING: Understandable.


KURAMOTO: And I guess for now they don't have any power, they don't have any water. I don't know how many of the homes in Manoa (ph) at this point don't have water, but they don't have any running water. And they're just thankful that it wasn't anything worse.

CHING: Right. Yes. I mean, thankfully, it fell the way it did.

KURAMOTO: Right. Right, on the exterior.

There was some damage on the inside of the home, as well. Parts of the home caved in from where the rocks fell. But it really actually sustained -- held up pretty well considering.

CHING: All right. Thank you very much.

ACANA: Well, thank you very much.

KURAMOTO: Sure. Sure.

ACANA: There we are seeing some damage. First pictures in from major damage here on our island.

So I'm sure we're going to be seeing a little bit more of that as the afternoon goes on. And once those flights are open and we're able to get a crew to the island of Hawaii, we'll be seeing some of the damage from there.

CHING: That's right. We have crews throughout the state covering this situation. We are canvassing the island of Oahu right now as we speak.

Of course we're having -- efforts are being made to get stuff back from the big island. Also the island of Maui.

We can tell you that the airport right now, Honolulu International Airport, is closed for all intents and purposes. They are honoring any emergency inbound medical flights if need be. But because of the power situation, the way it is on the island of Oahu, that airport is closed.

ACANA: We hope to be hearing from Daryl Huff (ph) a little -- in a little bit with an update from the airport. As we heard from him a little while back, there are no bathrooms working. There is no water. There is some water given out by the airlines, but other than that he says it's getting pretty unbearable, and kind of at a health crisis with thousands of people who are waiting there, and the bathroom situation not good.

CHING: That's right. And, of course, the ability to check passengers in has been affected. Also, the security checkpoint system has been affected because of the power failure.

Scott Harada (ph) from the Department of Transportation called in a short time ago and said that they have auxiliary power just for kind of the basic -- basic functions of the airport, but they do not have enough power to operate the entire airport. So they have just basically emergency power reserves available at this point.

ACANA: That's right. Basic power, not able to have people go through the security lines, through TSA at this time. They're having to manually do the boarding passes. So at this point in time airports from Honolulu, at least, no flights are leaving until they can get that up.


Just to recap, the big island of Hawaii -- excuse me -- a state of emergency has been declared for the big island of Hawaii. That according to state civil defense.

(INAUDIBLE) said that they're in search, rescue, damage assessment mode, and that they are looking into requests for an emergency declaration for state funding. And also Senator Daniel Inouye will be there, possible federal funding as well.

We saw some of the pictures earlier. We'll show those to you throughout the morning regarding some of the damage to the freeway and also to private property damage.

CHING: Of course Governor Lingle on the big island in the Kona are as we speak. She was there for a function overnight. So she was able to experience that firsthand.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: So, I'm sure that is going to help a lot with the damage assessment and so forth.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: We're going to go back...

WHITFIELD: Hello again. I'm Fredricka Whitfield in the CNN Atlanta newsroom. You're watching live coverage via satellite from our affiliate in Honolulu, KITV, four and a half hours after an earthquake measuring 6.6 hitting Hawaii. And they are still feeling aftershocks.

They are assessing structural damage. Lots of roads closed. The airports are closed. And there are reports of landslides and rockslides as well.

Rob Marciano is in the weather center.

And what are you watching weather-wise in that region?

MARCIANO: Well, there's rain on the radar.


WHITFIELD: All right. Thanks so much.

And a great explanation, but at the same time folks may still have a hard time understanding what 6.6 magnitude really means. So let's take a look at the kind of damage that can be caused from a 6.6.

This is a 100-year-old home, an historic home there in a neighborhood in Honolulu. And you're seeing while the primary structure of the house did fine in the 6.6., this rock chimney crumbled, and you're looking at the result of it.

One of the reporters from KITV was reporting that many people were inside the home and they were all awakened when this earthquake took place just after 7:00 a.m. local time. And of course they were alarmed but very thankful that there was no other damage and there were no injuries to take place in that house.

In the meantime, we're also getting images from our i-Report. You're looking at an image coming out of the Honolulu Airport. Airports are closed. Inbound traffic is allowed, but no outbound traffic.

And one of the employees at the airport took this picture, letting us know that there are folks, a lot of them, at the airport with nowhere to go and nothing to do. And again, power is out in a good part of Oahu, but it looks like from this image there is some lighting there, perhaps because they're running on a generator.

And we also have another image of the kind of rockslides that are taking place on the island of Oahu, as well as the island of the big island, which is closest to the epicenter, just six miles away from the epicenter of this earthquake. Rockslides like this which have now led to a lot of road closures.

So that's the latest from here. And there's another new picture from an i-report.

If you are in Hawaii and you're able to take some pictures, we encourage you to send any of those pictures to and be on board with our i-reporting.

I think now we want to go back to our affiliate, reporting live, KITV, out of Honolulu.


ACANA: ... inside the home. Some of the damage, you see the broken glass and vases, as a lot of people reported shaking and their china and their glassware was falling out of the cabinet there. We see that there from this home in (INAUDIBLE).

CHING: And you can see this home quite extensive shaking. Cabinets opened, refrigerator doors opened, items strewn across the kitchen there, it looks like.

So a considerable amount of shaking there. Again, it was a 6.4 registered earthquake as you look at a road here.

This is...

ACANA: This is (INAUDIBLE) highway, and the governor spoke about that, saying that there were several boulders strewn along it. And there we see it there.

We had a phone call -- a caller earlier, Mike, who described the cliff areas around the highways. And this is the problem that they're seeing there, is any of that loose debris came down with that.

But a beautiful day. No rain in the sky.

CHING: Yes. This is the (INAUDIBLE) area. This is a photo just sent in by one of our viewers there.

We're being told that we are the only station on the air for the big island at this hour. So we appreciate all of you viewers out there sending -- sending us these photos, and if you could keep doing that, we want to get these on the air and share this with the people of the state of Hawaii.

ACANA: We want to share something with this photo. We thought it was a pretty scenic one. But if you look at the kind of cloudy looking on the -- to the left of the roof of the home, we are told from a viewer that this is actually a dust cloud from some of the landslides in that area. So that's an interesting thing to see -- to see it that big.

CHING: That's right. All along the Kona coast is where they felt the -- where the earthquake was primarily centered right offshore on the Hawi area, down to Kona.

We showed a picture earlier for you of giant boulders strewn across the highway. And I believe that was in Captain Cook as well. And there was a truck sitting behind. I'm not sure as far as the reference of the picture, but it did appear that the boulders were...

ACANA: Pretty large.

CHING: ... sizeable. As we take a look at it now, you can see that the boulders were not the same size as the truck...

ACANA: Pretty darn close.

CHING: ... but pretty close to being impassible at this hour.


CHING: And the governor mentioned that.

CHING: We have a viewer -- excuse me, not a viewer, but we have a phone call that we would look to take right now. Bob from the California area.

Bob, where are you at?

BOB JENKINS, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA: I'm at the Westin Ka'anapali, the time share.


JENKINS: And I would have to say we -- we got off pretty easy from what I can see from your coverage.

ACANA: Did you feel anything, though, where you were at this morning?

JENKINS: Yes. I was out on the -- walking on the beach. And it was -- I live in California and was actually here for the big quake. And this -- I tell you, I felt a lot better being outdoors.

And the sand was, you know, shifting around and all that. And it was certainly -- it was scary. But again, the Ka'anapli area is -- we have by and large gotten power back and things seem to be very -- pretty much in order.

I sure hope so. I bought a new timeshare yesterday. And I sure hope it's here for the long run.

CHING: Do you have earthquake insurance, or is that part of the deal?

JENKINS: That's very funny. I didn't even think of that. And fortunately, from the looks of things, I don't think we're going to need it.

CHING: OK. Well, that's good to hear.

We spoke to the mayor of the island that you are on, Allen Arkawa (ph), and he said that Maui got a -- is in pretty good shape at this time.


CHING: So you are in good shape.

JENKINS: Yes, I'm in good shape. My sister from New York City has never -- never experienced a live one. And so it caught her attention, to say the least.

CHING: Some wake-up call, huh, Bob? ACANA: Yes.

When you felt -- when you first felt that shaking, did that bring back memories of that big one in California?

JENKINS: You know, it did. It certainly did. And god willing, it's -- the outcome is going to be nothing like what we experienced back -- back in '89.

So, I mean, to all the residents of Hawaii, my heartfelt sympathy. And I just hope everything plays out well.

CHING: What has been the response of people around you there on the island of Maui, the people that you have spoken with?

JENKINS: You know, probably the best way to describe it is numb. You know, you can imagine you've got a lot of people from California here. So, you know, here we go again.

But, you know, people are subdued. But, you know, they're pulling together. And I would have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by how well people have, you know, taken it overall.

CHING: Now, Bob, earlier our civil defense here mentioned there was, first of all, no tsunami warning issued. But they did have an initial warning about being near the shoreline in areas that are closed in, coves and things of that sort. Did you notice anything? You said you were walking near the water when this quake happened. Did you notice any change in the water near you or...

JENKINS: You know, I didn't -- to be honest, I -- the last thing I was thinking about was the water itself. So, you know, as best I think back on it, no. The -- you wouldn't have looked at the ocean and even known what was going on.

CHING: Right. Right. Right.

ACANA: OK. Well, thanks very much, Bob.

JENKINS: Thank you.

CHING: Yes. Hang in there. And thank you very much.

JENKINS: Thank you.


CHING: That was Bob, a visitor who just purchased a timeshare yesterday. He's from Mountain View, California. So we welcome him to our state. And...

ACANA: But as he -- as he states, it was a pretty good area to be in.

CHING: That's right. That's right. Yes.

And, of course, the island of Maui is in good shape, according to the mayor there, Mayor Arkawa (ph). He said that there are some landslides in the Hana area, and they are reporting only just one bridge out at this time as far as structural damage.

ACANA: And other than that on Maui, over 50 percent of the island is with electricity and power at this point as Maui Electric works to bring the rest of the island up.

CHING: We're still trying to get some information about the island of Kauai regarding their power situation. Again, we had a couple of e- mails earlier today, probably, jeez, two hours ago possibly, saying that there was some power coming back on slowly there on the island of Kauai.

So if you have any information regarding that, please give us a call or send us an e-mail at the We'd love to update people on your island and throughout the state on what's happening there.

ACANA: But of course the focus so far has been on the island of Hawaii, and that's where the quake was centered just six miles offshore of Puako. And there's been a state of emergency declared for the island of Hawaii, and a lot of damage that we are seeing there, a lot of structural damage, a lot of infrastructure damage.

That first quake, 7:07 this morning, with a 6.6 magnitude. And that was in the Kailua-Kona, Puako area.

CHING: That's right. And there's a second quake at 7:14 which is right thereafter, a 5.8, which is the Hawi area. And of course that was felt all in the island chain.

You felt it.

ACANA: Yes. Everybody felt it, I think.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: I don't think there was any spot that didn't have...

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: ... at least a few phone calls in.

We had another aftershock, but a big one, 4.2. And that was at 10:35 this morning. But there have been over 20 aftershocks that we have felt since those initial quakes this morning.

All right. We want to go to a viewer who is on the phone, Karen from the big island.

Hi, Karen. Can you hear us?

OK. We can't hear you. Sorry.

Let's see if we can get this figured out.

Karen, go ahead.

UNIDNTIFIED FEMALE: No, this is not Karen.


CHING: Who are you?

ACANA: Who are you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, this is Momi (ph) from Paradise Park.

ACANA: Oh, hi, Momi (ph). What -- what did you feel? I mea, what's happening over there in Paradise Park?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, actually, I was bent over washing something in a bucket. So when I stood up I thought I was just dizzy. But then I noticed that, you know, cabinets and things were moving, the shelves.

And it was -- it was really strong. My house didn't have any damage, nothing fell down or anything like that. We didn't lose power. And -- although I know someone about a few miles away. They lost power for about a half an hour.

But we're fine. We don't -- we did lose cable. It does come back sporadically for maybe a few minutes, if not less.

But other than that, it's a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining. I know you guys are having some rain or something. But other than that everything seems to be OK.

CHING: How are the people around you, Momi (ph)? A caller from Maui described it as people being numb that he has spoken with. How is it for you there on the big island?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, where I live we don't have neighbors -- I mean, you know, you can't really see their houses real clearly or anything. But it's been kind of quiet.

People pretty much going about their business for a Sunday. You know, not too many people on the road or anything. But you don't -- you don't see any, like, panic or anything going on. It's just -- I guess big island people, we're kind of used to this kind of stuff. You know?

But everything seems pretty good. And like I said, the weather is really good. We haven't lost power.

I know on other parts of the island they have. But no, we're doing -- we seem to be doing OK in this area. Most of us.

ACANA: Well good. Yes. Yes.

Well, thank you so much for calling in.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. Thank you. ACANA: All right. Thank you.


CHING: Bye-bye.

Momi (ph) calling from the Puna (ph) area.

ACANA: And we have another phone caller. I'm not sure if we were able to get that other person back on line.

I don't think so. OK.

CHING: No. I think we lost that person.


CHING: Just to update you on the situation on the big island, of course it's a search-rescue mode, damage assessment. No fatalities reported at this hour. Some injuries reported there. Considerable structural damage as well.

ACANA: That's right. We have some pictures that we have been showing you. And we urge any of you who are on the big island or on any of the islands, if you have any pictures of the damage...

WHITFIELD: Hello again. I'm Fredricka Whitfield in the CNN Atlanta NEWSROOM.

Hawaii under a state of emergency after an earthquake with magnitude of 6.6 struck about four and a half hours ago. It was 7:08 local time. Right now it is almost noontime there in Hawaii. Reports of power outages, road closures and some structural damage.

Our Rob Marciano in the weather center.


WHITFIELD: I'm Fredricka Whitfield in Atlanta in the NEWSROOM here.

We're going to continue our coverage now with our -- live coverage out of our affiliate, KITV.


KATHERINE MCCABE, KAMUELA, HAWAII: Well, the only thing we really noticed was that there was a rock wall by the church. And that was all just destroyed. But from our house to the town we didn't see any damage like that. And there was a fire, but they put that out right away.

ACANA: Where was that at?

MCCABE: It was just up here on the hill by where we live. So I -- you know, that was just big black smoke that was out shortly. Our houses just moved like they were on matchsticks. CHING: Katherine, you know state civil defense is asking people to stay off the roads. So what's it like there? Do you see a lot of people traveling?

MCCABE: No. I'm up actually on a hill in a very quiet neighborhood. And so we don't -- you know, I can't see the highway from here.

CHING: So you're saying your home did sustain some damage then?

MCCABE: Just the fact of the septic system and the water not working. But it did -- I mean, I was like, OK, this is a matchbox. This is going to fall any minute. But, you know, praise god it didn't.

CHING: What was it look for you this morning at about 7:00?

MCCABE: Well, it woke me up. That was quite an alarm clock.

You know, and then of course your immediate -- you know, because it seems like it goes on forever. And I tried to get out of bed to get under a doorway, but I was just being thrown around like -- like a doll. I couldn't -- couldn't handle moving from one place to the other.

CHING: Do you remember how many you felt? How many in number the quakes?

MCCABE: Well, there was the one. And then, oh, probably maybe 10 minutes later there was another one. And we have been feeling small aftershocks.

About an hour ago there was a little stronger aftershock. But, you know, nothing flying around the house like it did this morning.

ACANA: All right. I know that first earthquake, that's probably the longest 20 seconds many of us have felt.

CHING: No kidding.

MCCABE: You just hear everything crashing. Our computer monitor just slammed to the floor. A couple of televisions. And everything just breaking around you. And just --- it's insane.

CHING: I'm curious, Katherine, do you have insurance to cover all of this stuff?

MCCABE: We do have homeowner's insurance.

CHING: OK. And that, of course, covers earthquakes in this situation?

MCCABE: You know, I'm not sure. I know -- I know that after we had Hurricane Iniki, they changed a lot of our policies and it became a real problem for any kind of natural disaster for you to be covered.


ACANA: That's going to be an interesting question to see...

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: ... to see what happens as the days go on.

All right.

Thank you very much, Katherine. Take care.

CHING: Yes. Thanks for calling in. Good luck to you.

MCCABE: Have a great day. Bye.

CHING: Thanks, Katherine.

ACANA: Well, so there she's saying up in the Foodland store in Waimea town, you know, we have seen with the Times (ph) supermarkets here in Kahala and some others, allowing just a few people in. Up there they're just asking you pretty much -- "We'll bring the items out to you."

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: And as she said, the Ace hardware store looking in and seeing everything off the shelves and on the floor.

CHING: So they have power there on the big island. It's just that some of the stores have been -- sustained some damage, knocked down a lot of the items and the merchandise. So...

ACANA: So safety and security reasons. They aren't open.

And once again (INAUDIBLE) and civil defense asking people to stay off the streets and stay in their homes if they don't need to go anywhere.

CHING: That's right. We're going to try to get back in touch with (INAUDIBLE). We had a telephone problem with him. We're going to try to get him back on the line to give you an update as to what's happening on the big island.

But state officials are asking that you stay home, that you stay off the telephones, and that only if you have a true emergency to then call 911. But until the meantime, just stay at home and hunker down and wait this thing out until they are able to assess the damage. And search and rescue, if that is needed, if that is the case, if they can execute that.

ACANA: We're going to hear once again from -- from state civil defense director Ed Texchara (ph). We spoke with him a little earlier about the damage from the big island, and he kind of goes into further detail for us.


CHING: If it hasn't been mentioned already, it was a 6.5 quake that occurred about six miles north-northwest of an area called Puuanohuhu (ph) on the big island, which is, as the lieutenant governor says, it's about the vicinity of the Waikaloa (ph) area. And our governor was staying Mauna Lani, so she's had a very good appreciation of what has happened.

The reports we are getting in from various places on the big island, Waimea, Kona, and in Hilo, basically spells out we have had some -- perhaps some major to heavy earthquake damage. There are some road closures. There are some roads that are major arteries, particularly in the south Kahala-north Kahala area, that have got rubble, debris.

And one -- one particular road that's called Akuna Puli (ph) highway that goes from (INAUDIBLE) to Hawi on the north Kahala area, there is only one lane open. So we've got -- with a 6.5 quake, we can expect throughout the day more reports of major damage to our infrastructure.

We know that the north Kona hospital has been evacuated. They're still doing some work in various places of the hospital complex, but they're doing a structural analysis right now.

(INAUDIBLE) to the Kona Police Department, where our governor is currently located. And they have given me an appreciation of the debris and rubble on various roads and how they're waiting for some support.


CHING: Again, that was Ed Texchara (ph) of the state civil defense, talking about some of the damage on the island of Hawaii. A state of emergency has been declared there, but as far as some of the other islands, Maui County, Mayor Allen Arkawa (ph) said that they're in pretty good shape.

In fact, we have a caller from Maui at this time from Kihei (ph). We have Janine (ph) on the phone.

Janine (ph), hi. Can you hear us?

ACANA: I think we have some audio problems right now in being able to hear Janine (ph).


ACANA: We're going to work on that and hopefully get her back on line for you.

The Maui mayor saying that most of the damage they've been seeing is in the Hana area, with three rockslides, one especially near mile marker 38. And possibly some damage sustained to one of the bridges on the Hana highway. So Hana highway is closed.

But other than that, the mayor from Maui not saying a lot of damage in that area.

CHING: OK. We're getting a report from the island of Hawaii that the Chevron in Hono Kahal (ph) near the harbor is up and running. So lines are reported to be long, however, but the Chevron there is up and running if you need to get gas.

And there are reports that many of the gas stations in that are now closed. But the Chevron there in Hono Kahal (ph) is operating at this time.

ACANA: The lines there will get much longer.

CHING: That's right. I'm sure they will get much longer.

ACANA: OK. We're going to go back to Janine (ph), who is calling in from Kihei (ph).

Hi, Janine (ph). Can we hear you now? Are you there, Janine (ph)?

CHING: We can barely hear you, but go ahead, Janine (ph). I hope our viewers can hear you as well.


CHING: I'm not...

ACANA: Now, where was that second area that you were talking about with the roof?


ACANA: Maui Vista.


ACANA: OK. Are you -- are you -- do you live on Maui or are you visiting?


ACANA: Oh, you live here. Oh, OK.

Did you feel much of the quake?


CHING: OK. You know what? We're having -- we understand that our viewers aren't able to hear the call. But Janine (ph) from Maui, calling in from Kihei (ph), saying that...

ACANA: She was saying that in the Maui Vista condominiums, which are in Kihei (ph), that the residents there are reporting hearing the roof and the roof tiles cracking in there. But...

CHING: I think I heard her say that the Four Seasons there in Wailea was closed. I'm not sure if I heard that correctly. I don't want that to -- I can't confirm that, because I had trouble hearing her through my earpiece here. But she said there was -- they did feel quite a bit of it, as we all did, you know.

ACANA: But Maui -- as the Maui mayor saying, they had gotten off pretty easy.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: With damage just mainly in the Hana area and not too much elsewhere. But we'll probably hear more reports as the day goes on.

CHING: That's right.

We're still waiting to hear from the island of Molokai, also the island of Lanai.

We have some very few reports coming out of the island of Kauai, so if you're on those islands and you're able to see this broadcast, please give us a call. We can show you the number there to reach us, and also our Web site, if you're able to get on the Internet.

There's our number there. It's 808-535-0440. That's a direct line into our newsroom. Someone will pick up and you can talk to them and relay the information. Or you can go on our Web site and you can give us a news tip. You can type it in and send it to us.

Also, if you have any photographs that you're able to send to us and load on to the Internet and send it to us, we will put those on the air. And that's the Web site, there,

But again, as Paula (ph) was mentioning, Maui in pretty good shape. That's a quote from the mayor there on Maui.

ACANA: I'm wondering if we could perhaps bring up some of the video that KITV's Jill Kuramoto had brought back recently.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: Because we've been talking about the big problems here on Oahu being electrical problems, but she had some pictures of some pretty severe damage to a home in the Manoa area, and we're hoping to be able to show you some of that video.

CHING: That's right. There was a 100-year-old house on Vancouver Street, I believe...

ACANA: Vancouver Drive, yes.

CHING: Vancouver Drive. It was -- the chimney, which is on the exterior of the building, the facade had fallen off and collapsed. Yes?

ACANA: Yes. So hopefully -- when we can get that video for you, we'll share it with you.

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: We did also talk to someone from Linx (ph) -- I believe it was Linx Enterprises (ph). We spoke with Mark Linx (ph), and that was down in the Alacava (ph) area, near the Costco in Ivile (ph).

CHING: That's right.

ACANA: And he reported that when they had customers in the store early this morning, that it appeared that some had broken legs as the shelves fell on them. So we're also waiting to hear back from emergency services personnel to find out more about any of the injuries that may have been sustained here on our island.

CHING: That's right. He reported having about 13 people in the store at about 7:00 this morning when the earthquakes struck and he reported several people may have had broke legs. We're not sure, we're still working to confirm that.


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