Scientists Discover Massive Tsunami That Struck Hawaii 500 Years Ago

Oct 22, 2014

A massive wave strikes a pier in Hilo during the 1946 tsunami.
Credit NOAA
A series of simulations showing earthquakes originating in the East Aleutian islands with a magnitude of 9.25. The red circle shows the location of the Hawaiian islands.
Credit Rhett Butler

Scientists have found evidence of a massive tsunami that slammed into Hawaii nearly 500 years ago. That’s according to a new study released this week, that’s prompting state officials to re-examine their tsunami evacuation plans. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.