A Tallahassee woman is now back home after a surprise ending to her Hawaiian vacation.
She felt the rocking of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit near the Big Island of Hawaii over the weekend. It caused millions of dollars in damage and several power outages across three of the islands in the Hawaiian chain. She recalled the shaking early that morning.
"The whole building moved from one side and stabilized itself."
She was a couple of hundred of miles away from the earthquake's epicenter, staying with friends on Waikiki Beach. When the power went out reality started sinking in.
She said, "Really the radio was the only way we had to find out what was going on."
Her cell phone still worked, so she was also able to get news through family and friends on the mainland. But the tourist, like many others, didn't come prepared for an earthquake.
She said, "We didn't have cash, none of the ATMs were working, so it's kind of one of those things, you're not prepared."
She took pictures of the long lines outside of every store. Only a few people were allowed in at a time, at least those with cash.
Callahan said, "There's something to be said now after having no money, no food."
She finally flew out on Tuesday from a very crowded airport, leaving behind the island of Oahu and a rude awakening that's serving as a lesson for this Floridian who admits she never thought about being prepared for anything until now.
If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, the state doesn't want you to change your plans. A recent ad campaign is reminding people Hawaii is still open for business. Like Florida, tourism is the state's number one industry.
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