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Earthquakes in Hawai‘i—an underappreciated but serious hazard

Fact Sheet 2011-3013

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY?REDUCING THE RISK FROM VOLCANO HAZARDS
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Abstract

The State of Hawaii has a history of damaging earthquakes. Earthquakes in the State are primarily the result of active volcanism and related geologic processes. It is not a question of "if" a devastating quake will strike Hawai‘i but rather "when." Tsunamis generated by both distant and local quakes are also an associated threat and have caused many deaths in the State. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its cooperators monitor seismic activity in the State and are providing crucial information needed to help better prepare emergency managers and residents of Hawai‘i for the quakes that are certain to strike in the future.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Earthquakes in Hawai‘i—an underappreciated but serious hazard
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2011-3013
Year Published:
2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Volcano Science Center
Description:
6 p.
State:
Hawai'i