A question from Ingineer about home fire insurance coverage led me to Wikipedia, where I found an excellent comprehensive entry on the Puna District. It confirms a lot of what I have observed about the area, especially the lack of infrastructure.
Looks like the mainstream media have picked up the story of Pahoa again, now that there is dramatic footage of a house being burned down.
I was also reading somewhere that the chance of an earthquake over 6.5 magnitude on the Big Island in the next 10 years is 50%. The last big one (s) was in 2006. We were in Paris at the time, and in the middle of the night a friend called to ask us if we were OK! So we turned on the TV and watched the CNN coverage of the disaster. When we came home we found that part of our rock wall had fallen out, but otherwise we had no damage. We also managed to be elsewhere during tropical storm/hurricane Iselle, for which I am grateful, because it scared the hell out of people who went through it.
Even though I was born and brought up in the Bay Area and have lived on the Big Island for so long, the worst earthquake I've experienced was a 5.7 earthquake in March, 1957. It was quite a shaker, because we lived right at the epicenter, in Pacifica. I hope never to experience a really frightening natural disaster, but I figure my number will come up sometime.