Monday, October 16, 2006

Earthquake in Hawaii - update for travelers

Hawaii experienced a significant earthquake yesterday morning, centered off the west coast of the Big Island. The following update is from an email I received a few minutes ago from John Monahan, who's the CEO & president of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau:

"Hawaii is fortunate that the October 15 earthquake did not result in any loss of life or serious injury. The earthquake did cause a power outage, which temporarily disrupted air traffic and transportation systems. Electrical power has been restored and conditions in Hawai‘i have returned to normal.

All hotels and resorts in Hawai‘i are reported open and operating. Scheduled flights are generally operating; however, some flights have been delayed due to yesterday's disruptions, so passengers are advised to reconfirm their flights prior to going to the airport. Callers to airline reservations systems should anticipate that, with heavy call volume, they may experience a delay in having their call answered.

All main roads in Hawai‘i are open; however a rural highway on the Big Island of Hawai‘i (between Kawaihae and Hawi) is temporarily closed. Visitors who are sightseeing by car in that area are advised to check with their hotel for current conditions.

While media outlets carried pictures of isolated damage in Hawai‘i, hotel operations are unaffected.

Hawai‘i is welcoming visitors."

Great technical information and visuals are available at the USGS site.


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