Update from the Maui Civil Defense

Kealakekua damage - user submitted
Kealakekua damage - user submitted
Kealakekua damage - user submitted
Kealakekua damage - user submitted

An earthquake has occurred with these preliminary parameters:

Origin time: 7:08 15 HST Oct 2006
Coordinates: 19.9 North 155.9 West
Location: 6 Miles NNW of Pauanahulu, HI
Magnitude: 6.5

Evaluation: No destructive Pacific-wide tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

MECO has restored power on Maui (with only a few pockets still out). The Department of Water Supply and the Department of Public Works & Environmental Management Wastewater Reclamation Division have reported all systems are operational.

Kahului Airport is open, with all airlines running normally except all United Airlines flights have been cancelled for the remainder of today, but all United passengers have been re-booked on other United flights. Passengers with reservations on United Airlines are asked to call United Airlines Reservations at 1-800-864-8331 or check at the United Ticket Counter at the Kahului Airport which will be open normal hours (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.) for updated information.  UA will return to normal operations tomorrow.

Manawai Nui Bridge in Kaupo (MP 26) has been re-opened to local traffic only.  All other traffic into the area will be turned around.

Hana Highway, between Kaumahina Wayside Park and Honomanu Bay, that was closed due to an early morning rock slide, has one lane open and traffic is now flowing to and from Hana.

Both Iao Valley Park and a portion of Makena State Park remain closed at this hour due to unstable conditions.

No major damage reported on any area in Maui County.

The National Weather Service will continue to monitor the situation and issue further statements as needed.  Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and local media sources for the latest information.  The NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling the following numbers: for Maui 871-6706, for Molokai 552-2477 and for Lanai 565-6033.  The NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.

Maui Civil Defense notifications can be accessed on our website at www.co.maui.hi.us or by calling 986-1200.

Reported by Civil Defense [Civil.Defense@co.maui.hi.us]

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The big island is under the state of emergency. 

This word of caution is for those who live in areas where power has not yet been restored.  The Honolulu Fire Department urges extreme caution if you are planning to use candles during the night hours. 

Due to large amounts of rain, a flash flood watch is in effect through Monday. There are no reports of developing tsunamis but weather models are predicting large amounts of rain over the center of the earthquake stricken area.

No new aftershocks have been reported.  Last known aftershock was around 12 noon.

Authorities are watching large infrastructures.  There is road access to nearly every community, but many roads are covered and bridges damaged due to debris.

Communications are relying on 911.  Be patient with telephone problems, the system is working but on low power.  Cell phone towers are working.

Don't drive unless it's an emergency.  In past years, the largest earthquake to hit this area was a 4.8 and authorities are evaluating structural damage. 

Have an update to send?: quake@khnl.com


Reports indicate an earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude and several aftershocks shook the Hawaiian islands Sunday morning at 7:07 am. Power is out throughout all islands with the exception of Lanai and Molokai. No tsunami warning has been issued. The USGS indicated the quake was centered six miles west of Waikaloa on the island of Hawaii. Radio stations are reporting that all island airports are closed. Callers to radio stations indicate that boulders fell on roadways on the island of Hawaii. Damage appears to be mostly in the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island.

Stay with KHNL and KHNL.com for the latest developments.