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CSAV announces “Natural Hazards Hawai`i” Web site

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Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) has completed an entertaining and informative new Web site that describes the six main natural hazards (earthquake, lava flow, tsunami, hurricane, brush fire, flood) encountered on Hawai`i Island, focusing on mitigation, or ways for residents to avoid or reduce the effects of these natural events on their homes and families. The site can be found at

“There is no way to stop a natural disaster, but there are many things a homeowner can do to protect his or her family from loss or injury during these events,” said Darcy Bevens, CSAV educational specialist. “The Natural Hazards Hawai`i Web site shows how easy it is to brace up your bookshelves so they won’t topple in an earthquake, where you should be during a tsunami warning, and how to prepare an emergency survival kit designed for any natural disaster.”

Each natural hazard has sections with general information, mitigation, lists of materials, and links, as well as a gallery of photographs and mini videos clips. The clips feature amazing footage of disasters on Hawai`i Island, including the Kapoho eruption of 1960, the great flood of 2000, and the huge storm waves of 2003. There are also video clips that illustrate how to build shear walls; “Aunty Lita” (played by Angie Baker) humorously demonstrates how to “earthquake-proof” the interior of ones home.

Although the site targets hazards found in Hawai`i County, many of the threats covered (tsunami, brush fire, flood, and hurricane) affect all the islands, and most of the mitigation information is applicable world-wide for these and related hazards.

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