Earthquake

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Officials in Vanuatu are still assessing the damage from last weekend’s Cyclone Hola. At least one person was killed by a falling tree. To the east, the government of Tonga extended the state of emergency that’s been in force for a month since Cyclone Gita caused widespread damage there. And more than a hundred people are reported dead from an earthquake that devastated the highlands of Papua New Guinea two weeks ago. We have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

What was supposed to be an historic ceremonial visit to New Zealand has turned into a disaster relief mission.  Following the earthquake early Monday morning, the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson has changed course to join the effort to evacuate more than a thousand tourists stranded on the South Island.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

Researchers with the UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology are exploring a new way of viewing and interpreting California’s largest earthquake fault.  Scientists use Global Positioning System stations placed up and down the San Andreas Fault to track the movement of tectonic plates.

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Thousands of residents in southern Japan remain homeless—nearly three weeks after the region was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes. Local authorities are still working on improving refugee shelters, amid concerns that many families will be living there for some time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Daisuke TSUDA / Flickr

It’s been more than a week since the first of two earthquakes shook southern Japan. Nearly fifty people died in the quakes, and tens of thousands of residents are still struggling to put their lives back together. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Rain is in the forecast this weekend for Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan…a little more than a week after two earthquakes shook the region.  Government officials say nearly 100-thousand people remain in and around overcrowded evacuation centers, some are sleeping outside as nighttime temperatures hover in the 40’s.

National Tsunami Warning Center
National Tsunami Warning Center

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has dropped the tsunami advisory for Oʻahu and Maui County as officials saw conditions were no threat to the state.  

Based on all available data, a major tsunami is not expected to strike the state.  However - sea level changes and strong currents may occur along all coasts and could be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as to people near the shore.  The threat may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival. 

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shakeout.org

  Although Hawai'i County Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are dealing daily with the issues surrounding the lava advancing on Pāhoa Village.  But  they haven't lost sight of other hazards that can impact Hawai'i Island and the state.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with scientists from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory about earthquakes here in the state.

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www.eew.caltech.edu

  The work of scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory goes beyond volcanoes.  With Hawaii experiencing hundreds of earthquakes every year, most being small, they're also looking at what might be done to prepare for another big one.  From the Big Island, Sherry Bracken has more.