Talk:6.7 magnitude quake shakes Hawaii

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October 2006Edit

DO NOT post material lifted directly from another site, it is very inconvenient to have to delete the copyright violation. You must read the provided sources and write an original story based on them. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:02, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Original research from the sceneEdit

Most radio stations lost power and stopped broadcasting immediately after the quake, creating an information blackout for island residents.

KSSK-FM was one of the first (and for a few hours the only) stations to go live on the radio after the quake, (25 minutes after?) running on generator power alone. The station became a beacon of information for jittery island residents, fielding live calls with no commercial breaks for many hours, in lieu of an emergency civil defense broadcast from the state. Alerts were called in live by the island's multi-ethnic population, informing the Samoan, Filipino, and Korean population of the earthquake in their native language. Some people wanted to know if they could still get medication for their loved ones (due to liability issues, pharmacies can't dispense without accessing computer records, an impossibility due to the power outage), and others called in to cancel sporting events, offer free food, and share information about downed phone lines and car accidents. In a humorous moment that uplifted spirits everywhere, a child called in expectantly, wanting to know if school was cancelled for Monday. Viriditas 05:48, 16 October 2006 (UTC)
Actually, I think they stayed on all the way through but cut into normal programming around 7:30 a.m. (I was on my way into town then). My favorite radio station went off air and they were the only one on the air. Aloha, KeithH (talk) 06:19, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Don't put the magnitude in the title, in the futureEdit

USGS has upgraded the quake to 6.7, this is the second or third upgrade the quake has received. In the future, don't put the magnitude in the title, as it is likely to change for a few days after the event. 6.02x10^23 07:41, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

Good point! I've corrected it (by moving the article and on the main page, please feel free to do so too in the future). I guess it was moved because the exact magnitude is more WN:NPOV. Is there any official classification of earthquakes, justifying a "strong" label?--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 13:07, 17 October 2006 (UTC)
The USGS page on this quake describes it as strong and links to a table of classifications, ranging from Micro to Great. Since the original listed magnitude was right in the middle of the "Strong" range, it seemed appropriate to name the article with that classification. 6.02x10^23 16:14, 17 October 2006 (UTC)


I've reverted some corrections like "Oʻahu" because these characters appear completely unreadable to me on this pc, and I guess I wont be the only one... Although I trust they were done in good faith, maybe readebility for a bigger audience is to be preferred here... --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:07, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Hey, that's fine, but in the future I think an apostrophe is a good substitute for the 'okina...I didn't realise it would cause problems, but it isn't necessarily a good idea to have misspelt names in an article, either, and many words in Hawaiian do have different meanings based on the diacritical markings. Thanks for that, though. Keakealani 00:41, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
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