Sunset at Sunset beach
This post is dedicated to Felicia of San Diego DP and Santy of Jakarta DP - thanks to them for informing me of spam in the comments
People have been asking how Hawai'i is doing so this is a very short recap of our status...
O'ahu: ~150 miles from the epicenter and where Honolulu is located and most of the population resides, we had an island wide blackout on earthquake Sunday but electricity was restored to most if not all customers by 2 AM - I was one of the first to have power restored at 3 PM. T.V. cable came back on later in the night.
Damages to the island included some computers from the electrical power surge and one chimney collapsed from a 94 year old istorical home. One lady fell down in the shower and suffered a broken bone I think and another 80 y.o. lady died when the candle she was using burn her room during the blackout.
Kaua'i: Farthest away from the earthquake (aside from Ni'ihau), they went unscathed and no blackouts.
Mau'i, Moloka'i, Lana'i: Some pockets of blackouts on Sunday but very minor compared to O'ahu with power restored fairly quickly.
Big Island: The island closest to the quake suffered the most infrastructure damage to roads, buildings and homes on the Kona (West) side but no life lost and electricity was restored very quickly, they will be having the Ironman Triathlon this Sunday. Hilo (East) side faired much better.
Today, they had a pre-Ironman race - the undergarment race where competitors run in their underwears.
Hawai'i was very lucky to have such outcome - In 1994, Northridge, California experienced an earthquake of similar magnitude and resulting damages displaced 22,000 people!