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“Hawaiʻi’s ‘Big’ Earthquakes” presented by USGS Oct. 14

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Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Hawaiʻi’s long history of earthquakes and safety measures that residents can take will be discussed in a public presentation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room 108.

Paul Okubo, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will speak about “Hawaiʻi’s ‘Big’ Earthquakes.” According to Okubo, while Hawai‘i Island experiences more seismicity than other Hawaiian islands, the exposure to earthquake risk spans the entire State of Hawaiʻi. As a recent example, he notes that the October 2006 magnitude 6.7 and 6.0 earthquakes, located in West Hawai‘i, caused $200 million in damages on the Islands of Hawai‘i and Maui, as well as an extended power outage on O‘ahu.

Okubo will present an overview of earthquakes in Hawaiʻi, including current theories on why they occur. He will also talk about the “Great Hawaiʻi ShakeOut,” an upcoming earthquake awareness and preparedness event (, and what people can do to protect themselves.

For more information about this presentation, visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at or call 967-8844.

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