|Vacationing sibs narrowly missed Hawaii quake|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Oct. 22, 2006 - Local sisters Cherri Gordon and Linda Lou Van Auken narrowly escaped the earthquake that rocked Hawaii last weekend.
"I guess we shook things up with our Hula lessons," laughed Gordon, of their recent 7-day vacation. "It's not really very funny. We feel very fortunate that we were not there when it hit."
The two Sulphur Springs retirees boarded their flight at Kona International Airport at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7:07 a.m.
"We enjoyed the trip so much. We were very satisfied -- except that our travel agent cut it a little close on the departure time," Gordon jokes.
Blackouts and landslides were reported across the Big Island, but no fatalities were reported.
The earthquake was the strongest recorded on the island in more than two decades. Hawaii commonly experiences temblors in the 3 and 4 magnitude range caused by volcanic activity.