It is official. We’ve had more major earthquakes since moving to Maui than we had in the last 5 years in California. For those of you who have not experienced earthquakes, here is my definition of the Richter scale. Of course, it does make a difference where you are with regard the epicenter and what type of building and land you are on.
1-2: Don’t even feel
3: You might feel it if you are sitting quietly or if you are on top floor of multi-story building. Often all you have is slight disoriented feeling. Last year, I was working on the 15th floor at Adobe. It was subdued but rocking and rolling. Light fixtures swinging, most people heading for emergency exits. On the ground floor, no one felt a thing!
4: Rumbles your soul. You definitely feel it unless you are a sound sleeper! We had a 4.3 earlier this year in Maui.
5: Disorienting. You can hear buildings creak but typically not major damage.
6: Scary. [Today’s Earthquake was a 6.6) Rock and roll and no control. You are thinking “Is this going to get stronger or stop?”. Finally it stops and there is no power or capability of figuring out out close you were or if things were much worse elsewhere.
7-8: Oh my – will I survive? Where is my family? Can not stand or walk without being thrown around. Typically significant damage and often fatalities. I’ve only experience the 1989 quake of San Francisco. I still remember watching Moffet field airstrip in wave motion.
9: Don’t want to experience this! Ever.
The good news is that gas line breakage isn’t a major problem in Hawaii. Since they don’t need heating, there are no gas lines in residential areas. Some people have propane tanks for cooking. Our water supply was never broken (good thing, I was out gardening) and our electricity was only out for a 5 hours.
We did have damage today. One of exterior light fixture globes fell off and broke; I was planning on replacing all of them anyway. A few bottles in bathroom fell off the shelf. Mooshie was totally freaked out – she deserves it because she woke us up early this morning chasing bugs in the bathtub!
Reminder to all that we should be prepared for emergencies. I’ve been working on it but still a ways to go…