Hawaii Earthquake, Local Connection

By: Brooke Thacker
By: Brooke Thacker

There's more than four thousand miles between Huntington and Honolulu, Hawaii. This morning, a 6.6 point earthquake hit just off the coast of the big island. It may be far, but the tremors of the quake were felt here at home.

Alisha Maynard and her husband Stan are from Huntington, but now live in Hawaii. They just moved there back in June.

“It shook their ceiling fans and knocked things out of cabinets, but they hadn't even put any pictures up yet,” said Alisha’s mother.

The big island is over what geologists call a hot spot. Dr. Dewey Sanderson is head of the Geology Department at Marshall University.

“If it’s a major earthquake, it could shake homes and make a big impact,” said Sanderson.

Christi Young is a former producer here at WSAZ. She is now the Executive Producer at KGMB in Honolulu.

“We had a statewide blackout, all of Oahu from Waikiki, Honolulu, Maui, and Kaui,” said Young. “They shut down the generating plants because of the damage of what happened, rather than create major problems, for inspection to make sure there's not major structural damage to these facilities.”

While the Blacks spent most of their Sunday concerned for their family's safety. They say they had faith that everyone would be okay, even when family is half a world away.

Hawaii's governor has declared a state of emergency for the entire state.

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