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Technical issues made it difficult to get information about a tsunami watch for Hawaii and its subsequent cancellation, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

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No tsunami alert was generated for Hawaii following a strong California earthquake that rattled residents from north of Los Angeles to Las Vegas Thursday.



The Conversation is taking a closer look, and a listen, to some of Hawaii’s oral history. Thanks to the work of the University of Hawaii’s Oral History Center, we can hear directly from those who experienced certain events in our past.

Today, the focus is on the tsunami that struck Hilo on April 1st, 1946.  We’re going to hear voices from those who experienced it in Hilo, and those who helped in recovery efforts. We’ll also talk about oral history with Davianna McGregor, the director of the University of Hawaii’s Oral History Center.

And we’ll talk about natural disasters—recovery—and preparations-- from tsunami to volcanoes with Ken Rubin with the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


As personal stories and emergency updates continue around the current Kilauea eruption, Hawai’i’s resident teams of expert volcanologists continue their research and observations.  How is this eruption different from others?  How could a tsunami be generated?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.


Update: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has cancelled the tsunami watch for Hawaii following 7.9 magnitude earthquake off Alaska.

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

May 18, 2016

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Long View: Neal Milner

Bytemarks Café: Tsunami Trackers

Oct 7, 2015

 We'll about the last tsunami that resulted in an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile. We’ll find out what information aided the decision makers in predicting the size and impact of the tsunami and how that gets communicated to the public.

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It was ten years ago today that a powerful tsunami raced ashore across south and Southeast Asia. Tens of thousands were killed, and a decade later, the impact of the disaster still lingers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  Joining us today is David Atcheson from Transition Oahu to tell us about a cool mapping project. Then we have Matt Sullivan tell us about Start Hawaii. Finally, we've invited Gerard Fryer and Peter Hirai to tell us about the new tsunami inundation maps and what they mean for disaster preparedness

Draft Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Plan Previewed

Nov 18, 2014
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The City’s Department of Emergency Management is providing community previews of O’ahu’s new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended a workshop and filed this report.    


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.