The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on October 16, 2006 · 1
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The Hono uu A average -tou EARS MONDAY October 1 6, 2006 HAWAI'I'S- NEWSPAPER H0N0LULUADYERTISER.COM HOME FINAL 50 cents on O'ahu 75 cents on Neighbor Islands WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO RESTORE POWER HOSPITALS, HOMES, HOTELS DAMAGED GOVERNOR SEES BOULDERS FALL INTO SEA IS YOUR HOME SAFE? WHAT TO LOOK FOR 10 PAGES OF EARTHQUAKE COVERAGE Automated system cut power to all Quake knocked out only 2 generators, but all units taken offline BY RICK DAYSOG AND ROB PEREZ Advertiser Staff Writers Hawaiian Electric Co. officials said all 291,000 O'ahu customers lost power after yesterday's earthquakes because an automated system shut down the grid to prevent severe damage. HECO said the earthquakes, one with a magnitude of 6.6, caused two generators on O'ahu to shut down. The two one at Kahe Point and the other at Aloha Tower Downtown accounted for about 12 percent of the generating capacity of the system at the time. Once those generators stopped producing, HECO's automated system started shutting off power to customers, so demand would not overwhelm the 11 generators that were still working. HECO could not say last night why the automated system needed to shut down power to the entire island 18 minutes after the two generators went off line, instead of SEE HECO, A6 SERIES DELAYED SPECIAL REPORT HOMELESS ON THE WAI'ANAE COAST Further stories in our five-part series on the homeless, which began in Sunday's paper, will appear later this week. 6 sections, 44 pages Classifieds F1-8 Comics E6 Movie ads Obituaries E5 B2 TV listings Weather O COPYRIGHT, 2006 E4 IA2 0901'oooor A GANNETT NEWSPAPER H . i ANDREW SHIMABUKU I The Honolulu Advertiser For most part, residents roll with quakes, find quality time We're all shook up, but no fatalities and few injuries BY DAN NAKASO Advertiser Staff Writer A 6.6-magnitude earthquake centered on the Kona side of the Big Island the largest to rattle the Islands in 23 years and a 5.8-magnitude quake that followed disrupted air traffic on all major islands yesterday, sent boulders crashing onto Big Island highways and knocked out power throughout most of the state. By 10 p.m., a slight majority of Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc.'s 291,000 customers 157,000 had power restored. But Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials urged their customers to continue conserving water through this morning to ease the burden on the electricity-reliant system. All of Maui's power customers had service restored by last night. Some 99 percent of the Big Island had service returned by 9 p.m., according to HECO, citing Big Island power officials. Kaua'i lost power temporarily, but service was fully restored last night, Kaua'i police said. Until 6:15 p.m., Honolulu Interna- SEE QUAKE, A7 FAR LEFT: As night fell on' Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue, traffic flowed against a backdrop of darkened hotels. Motorists had no stoplights and few police officers to aid them. LEFT: Newlyweds Reagan and Leiana Manutai of Hau'ula were delayed at Honolulu International Airport on the way to their Los Angeles honeymoon. BELOW: The operating room at Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua was among many hospital rooms damaged in the quakes. tail '1 JOAQUIN SIOPACK The Honolulu Advertiser S ' v--V , f ! J.lk. ' I Yt Mitt Umtl n, r mmi 11 111 i m r i i -mbu I GREGORY YAMAMOTO I The Honolulu Advertiser BY CURTIS LUM Advertiser Staff Writer Yesterday morning's temblors shook homes, rattled dishes and knocked people around, but it did not shake people's spirit. Camaraderie was evident as most O'ahu residents remained calm and cooperative at a time when they could have panicked. They took everything in stride as they stood in line for food, ice, gasoline and oth er essentials. "We made hot chocolate on the gas grill," said Peggy Lebeau of Royal Kunia. She and her husband, Jim, were among dozens of people waiting to get inside the neighborhood Times Super Market yesterday morning. Store employees allowed five people in at a time. The Lebeaus have four children SEE REACTION, AS MORE COVERAGE Flights canceled, airport jammed A2 Why were there many aftershocks? A3 Big Island was hit the hardest A3 O'ahu tuned to KSSK for live updates A4 Long lines formed at stores A5 Firefighters free folks stuck in elevators A9 Churches improvise their services I A12 West Hawaii suffers road closures, building damage BY DERRICK DEPLEDGE Advertiser Staff Writer WAIMEA Steve and Carol Hood rode out the earthquakes yesterday morning in Hilo and kind of shrugged off the impact until they heard from their relatives back home in Kohala. "My brother-in-law called and said 'you need to come home,' " said Carol Hood, a human resources manager at Mauna Kea Resort. "The inside of my house? Everything is all down." The couple and their three children, who were in Hilo for a high school volleyball game and stayed over Saturday night, rushed home. But both routes into Kohala were blocked. SEE BIG ISLAND, A6 V :---f--' IWM. Ate tar 1

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