U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3013
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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Okubo, P.G., and Nakata, J.S., 2011, Earthquakes in Hawai‘i—an underappreciated but serious hazard: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3013, 6 p., available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2011/3013/.