New tsunami video ‘has it all in one place’

Residents flee from the April 1, 1946, tsunami that destroyed downtown Hilo. Photo by Cicilio Licos, courtesy of the Pacific Tsunami Museum.

In response to Gov. Josh Green proclaiming April as Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii, the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Progra partnered with organizations across the state to promote tsunami preparedness by creating a new 2024 Hawaii Tsunami Preparedness video.

This year marks 78 years since the deadly 1946 Aleutian Islands earthquake that generated tsunami waves over 50-feet high in Hilo caused tragic loss of life and $340 million economic damage to the state. To prepare for future tsunamis — which can strike with very little warning and occur anywhere, at any time — Green’s proclamation highlighted the importance of awareness, education, and action in preparing the state for potentially deadly tsunamis.


“This video has it all in one place,” said Talmadge Magno, the administrator of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency. “It covers how a tsunami is generated, tsunami zones, emergency communications and evacuation planning so that residents properly know where to go during the tsunami threat.”

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth agreed and emailed the link to all county employees to “highly encourage” them to watch the video to be more aware and better prepared.

“This video is the result of a collaborative partnership among emergency managers from across the state, as well as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, International Tsunami Information Center, and Pacific Tsunami Museum, as well as the Hawaii State Department of Education which produced the video” said Dennis Hwang, faculty with Hawaii Sea Grant “It includes the most up-to-date information available and is an important resource for the public now and into the future.”

The experts who produced the video strongly encourage every resident of Hawaii, and every visitor, to watch this free resource video which could potentially save their life or the life of a family member. While the video focuses on tsunami preparedness, it includes information to help prepare for other natural hazards such as wildfires and hurricanes.

It is available on YouTube and can be accessed through Hawaii Sea Grant’s YouTube Channel as well as organization websites that partnered on the production of the video.

View the video here:

The video also is posted on the online version of this Tribune-Herald story.

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