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Glenn B. Wheaton
2006-Nov-25 Sat, 03:14
Aloha All,

More rumbles on the way...
I am really ready for these islands to stop shaking...


Dick Allgire
2006-Nov-26 Sun, 22:12
Aloha All,

More rumbles on the way...
I am really ready for these islands to stop shaking...


About two hours after Glenn posted this earthquake warning, this happened:

Big Isle has another quake
A seismic event hits two days after the last one, but it registers at just 4.3 magnitude
By Gene Park
Another small earthquake swayed the Big Island early yesterday morning, two days after the Thanksgiving temblor.

At 5:49 a.m. yesterday, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit about six miles north of Waipio Bay, said geophysicist Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Dick Allgire
2006-Nov-26 Sun, 22:50
One of the oddest things I’ve ever witnessed happened in Honolulu tonight.

A rumor of an earthquake and tsunami spread like wildfire through the population of Oahu tonight. There was no earthquake. There was no tsunami warning. There was no broadcast or published report of either.

Yet for some reason people spontaneously began calling radio stations and TV news stations asking about the earthquake! What about tsunami?! We heard it was on the way!!

There was no official report. Yet the rumor had spread somehow (through the coconut wireless?) across the island. I work for KITV news. I called the newsroom. Producers on duty were at a loss to explain it. They told me they had taken hundreds of calls. But no one had officially declared anything.

Our reporters had to interview Civil Defense officials who tried to calm the public. No earthquake. No tsunami. They had issued no such alert. Hawaii has a siren system that sounds in case of civil emergency like a tsunami. It did not sound.

No one knew where the rumor started. Yet top radio broadcasters had to come on the air (late at night) to reassure the public. Our newscast reported the rumor but played interviews with officials saying it was not true, maybe a hoax.

Yet where did it start? How did so many people hear it on a Sunday night? Not over the internet. Not from the Associated Press. It was not broadcast on the radio, and TV stations said nothing- until later to debunk the rumor.

How did it spread so fast? What started it?

Glenn B. Wheaton
2006-Nov-27 Mon, 00:21
Aloha Dick,

I pulled this off the late nite @ the Bulletin.. It seems something is afoot...but what?


Rumor of looming earthquake stirs panic
Star-Bulletin Staff

Civil Defense officials worked tonight to quell a rumor about an impending earthquake and tsunami that sent dozens if not hundreds of people rushing to gas stations and police stations.

Police and news organizations fielded hundreds of calls from residents on several islands asking about evacuations because of a pending earthquake and tsunami.

Oahu Civil Defense spokesman John Cummings said he heard about the rumor in calls from friends and media at about 7:30 p.m.

“I don’t know what the original source was,” he said. “Bottom line is no one can forecast an earthquake. I do not know where this came from.”

Cummings said state Civil Defense and Honolulu police dispatchers were working with the media to send out correct information.

Some TV stations scrolled messages across the bottom of the screen during prime-time programming telling viewers that it was a hoax, there was no pending earthquake and no tsunami.

A story about the rumor and the panic it caused was near the top of several newscasts at 10 p.m.

Police at the Wahiawa station said about 12 people an hour entered the station to get more information after the rumor began to spread after 7 p.m.

A cashier at the Tesoro gas station in Waianae said people lined up out to the street to buy water and batteries, while cars lined up on Farrington Highway to turn left into the station.

“They’re all just saying they’re preparing for the worst,” she said.

Victor Sardina, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, was so busy fielding a flurry of calls since 4:10 p.m. that he was unable to get any work done.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said.

Nearly 150 calls came in from all over Oahu and the Big Island, including calls from as far as Washington state and Las Vegas, he said.

“The truth is we don’t really know for sure where this rumor started. If you put things together, it might have originated from the Big Island,” he said.

He said there was no earthquake last night.

“I haven’t seen it this quiet in a couple of weeks,” he said.