Updated at 8:28 p.m., Sunday, October 15, 2006
Advertiser StaffROADS CLOSED
BIG ISLAND Mayor Harry Kim is asking motorists to stay off roads until complete damage assessment has made. The mayor is also asking residents to not use telephones unless it's an emergency.
Road damage has been reported on Highway 19 along the Hamakua Coast.
MAUI Falling boulders caused by this morning's earthquake have closed the Honoapi'ilani Highway on Highway indefinitely.
The highway is the main connecting road between west and central Maui. The boulders are very heavy, Maui officials said, and fell in the cliffs area.
Power has also been lost on the island. No other information was available at this time.
EVACUATIONS AND DAMAGE
Kona Hospital has suffered major structural damage, and evaucations have been made to Yano Hall.
The Royal Kona Resort ihas structured major structural damage with guests and staff evacuated to Kona gym.
The Hale Hoola Hamakua Hospital on the Big island reports damage including flooding from a broken fire main.
The broken fire main caused major flooding, the hospital said.
Patients were evacuated to a nearby clinic.
There also was moderate ceiling damage.
The hospital expects to be out of commission for two days.
The Honokaa Longterm Care Facility has suffered major damage with evacuation to Kona gym.
The Kohala Hospital has ceiling damage, and patients have been moved to the dining room.
Kona Safeway manager Shawn Acino said this morning that none of his customers were hurt when the earthquake hit, but damage was considerable.
"There are ceiling panels and fixtures hanging from the ceiling," Acino said.
He said the items from shelves and broken glass were all over the floor of the store.
The store is closed today, but will reopen Monday.
Power was out at the Kona Tiki Hotel for 20 minutes said manager Mike Hourigan.
"We're doing OK," he said. "We had some minor damage, ceiling plaster cracks, and a few lamps fell over."
He said guests at his 15-room hotel were fine.
"Nobody's injured," he said, "nobody panicked."
According to Hawaiian Electric, the power outage on Oahu is islandwide.
Hawaiian Electric crews will be working through the island of Oahu, trying to assess and inspect for damage.
"It's going to be a while," before electricity is restored, said spokesman Jose Dizon. "We're having to bring the island back up slowly. It's going to be a very programmed, very methodical way of bring generators back on line.