Hawaiian Earthquake Damage

The earthquakes that hit Hawaii on Sunday have affected many of the telescopes based on the islands. The W. M. Keck Observatory report (seen via Slackerpedia Galactica) no injuries and they are currently trying to get all their instruments and telescope back to full operation. The Canada-France-Hawaii telescope also report no injuries but have had quite a bit of damage: the dome has moved on its track (which stopping it rotating), the Right Ascension encoder has been damaged and their conference room and library have also suffered. Gemini North report some debris on the surface of the primary mirror and the telescope mount has shifted with respect to the azimuthal track but otherwise they seem to be optimistic about returning to normal service soon.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 17th Oct 2006 (18:45 BST) | Permalink
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