Hawaii works to raise tsunami awareness during month campaign
| 04.03.2007 | 08:01:27 | Views: 3664 | ID:
April 3 '07: Hawaiian state officials and emergency management officers have said that tsunami preparedness is essential for all those living on the islands. The Star Bulletin reported recently that during Tsunami Preparedness Month information and public tsunami response exercises will work to increase the level of preparedness and awareness for the state's residents.
Currently, new technologies such as deep sea and off-shore buoys have been deployed in the waters off the coast of the state and as far away as Mexico and Costa Rica to help scientists detect the killer waves more quickly.According to the Honolulu Advertiser, "The three Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami, or DART, buoys ... are aimed at providing added tsunami detection capabilities for Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, American Samoa and countries in the Pacific." To add to the presence and immediacy of the danger, officials have pointed to tsunami which struck the Solomon Islands killing more than 2 dozen people. The wave was triggered by an undersea magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the Pacific. For Tsunami Preparedness Month, officials have planned a list of events from April throughout May to involve the communities on the Big Island and other areas.
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