Hawai’i is not under threat of a damaging tsunami after a 7.3 magnitude eqrthquake struck off the east coast of Japan this morning.
The Pacific Tsunami Center says the temblor struck at 7:10 a.m. HST, about six miles below the ocean floor off Fukushima, Japan. Reports of regional tsunami waves of up to 15 inches have been reported, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A regional tsunami advisory was lifted within two hours of the quake.
Japanese television images of harbors showed calm waters. The quake hit about 170 miles off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles away.
“It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We’ve had quakes of this magnitude before,” Satoshi Mizuno, an official with the Fukushima prefectural government’s disaster management department, told The Associated Press by phone. “Luckily, the quake’s center was very far off the coast.”
Mizuno said the operator of the troubled Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said no damage or abnormalities have been found.
All but two of Japan’s 50 reactors have been offline since the March 2011 magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns and massive radiation leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, about 160 miles northeast of Tokyo.
No injuries have been reported.
The State’s economic watchdogs say we have solidly turned the corner from the slump that nearly paralyzed the state’s economy beginning in 2007.
Based on the most recent development in the national and global economy, the performance of Hawaii’s tourism industry, the labor market conditions in the state, and growth of personal income and tax revenues, Hawaii’s economy is expected to continue positive growth for the rest of 2013 and into 2014. Overall, the current DBEDT forecast is mostly unchanged compared with the previous forecast.
Hawaii’s economy depends significantly on conditions in the U.S. economy and key international economies, especially Japan. According to the August 2013 Blue Chip Economic Consensus Forecasts, U.S. real GDP is expected to increase by 1.5 percent in 2013 as a whole, 0.6 of a percentage point lower than the 2.1 percent growth rate projected in the April 2013 forecast. For 2014 the consensus forecast now expects an overall 2.6 percent growth in U.S. real GDP, slightly lower than the 2.7 percent growth rate projected in the April 2013 forecast.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) with assistance from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is awarding six local non-profit, community groups grant funds to help address Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) and keep Hawaii’s shorelines clean. The focus is on potential debris originating from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011.
“The six grants totaling $100,000 complement ongoing efforts by community groups that are already working to address marine debris, including debris originating from the Japan tsunami,” said Gary Gill, deputy director of the DOH Environmental Health Administration. “For years Hawaii has depended on volunteers to keep marine debris off our beaches. Today, we are providing a little support for the very big job they do.”
The selected projects will help to reduce the impacts of marine debris from alien species, marine life entanglement, economic costs, and human health and safety. The awardees are:
Surfrider Kauai, $25,000 (for Kauai County);
Hawaii Wildlife Fund, $20,000 (for Maui County);
Recycle Hawaii, $20,000 (for Hawaii County);
Surfrider Oahu, $13,000 (for Honolulu County);
Kupu, $11,000 (for Honolulu County); and
Sustainable Coastlines, $11,000 (for Honolulu County).
The grant funds, which will be administered by the DOH, were provided by a $50,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program and another $50,000 of matching funds contributed by DLNR. Selected proposals will reduce marine debris through beach cleanup and education activities that support ongoing habitat conservation in Hawaii coastal areas. Awardees and projects are located within the Kauai, Maui, Hawaii and Honolulu Counties with a focus on areas that typically receive the most marine debris. A map of these areas is available at www.hawaii.gov/health/epo. Project selection was based in part on confirmed JTMD items and areas known to accumulate the most marine debris.
To date, there have been eight confirmed JTMD items in Hawaii and more than 1,700 reports of potential JTMD in the United States and Canada. The public is urged to report findings of potential JTMD to DLNR at (808) 587-0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and to NOAA at email@example.com.
For guidance on “what to do if you see debris in Hawaii’s ocean or beaches” go to: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JTMD-Guideline3.pdf
For the latest information on JTMD, please visit the DLNR Marine debris website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/marine-debris/ or the NOAA Marine Debris Program website at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/.
EWA BEACH, Hawaii —The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a 7.0-magnitude earthquake northeast of Japan is not expected to generate a Pacific-wide tsunami and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
The earthquake struck at 5:05 p.m. Hawaii time at the Kuril Islands.
The earthquake was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey with a magnitude of 7.2.
Scientists say an earthquake of this size can generate tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts within 100 km of the epicenter.
Mike McCartney, CEO of Hawai’i Tourism Authority, issued the following statement in remembrance of the
“Today is a day to remember, to be thankful, to live aloha. Two years ago today, the people of Japan were shaken by natural disasters that changed their lives forever. Many lost their homes, their way of life, their family and friends. Yet they remained strong and showed the world their resilience and calm during difficult times, and today continue to move forward boldly into the future. However, the sadness and loss they have endured can never be forgotten.
Let us never forget and always remember. We send our aloha and gratitude to the people of Japan. And let us be thankful that we live in Hawaii, where we have a special connection with the island nation of Japan. Our relationship is more than business and tourism – it is one of historical significance that runs deep within our social DNA.
On behalf of the HTA and Hawaii’s tourism industry, we want to extend our remembrances and our aloha to our family and friends in Japan on this anniversary of the March 11th natural disasters.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), the first Japanese immigrant to serve in the Senate, has been named Senate Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ), a bipartisan organization committed to promoting frank and candid dialogue between American lawmakers and their counterparts in Japan.
Hirono joins Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as Senate co-chairs for the CSGJ in its 20th anniversary year. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) co-chair the group in the House of Representatives.
“Our nation’s special relationship with Japan is now more vital than ever particularly as our foreign policy places increasing attention on Asia and the Pacific,” said Hirono. “The Study Group prides itself on an honest, frank, and informative dialogue with our counterparts in Japan, and that can only work to the benefit of both nations.”
A lawyer by trade, Hirono served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1981-1994 and as lieutenant governor from 1994-2002. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, where she served until 2012 when she elected the state’s junior Senator. She now sits on the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Judiciary, and Veterans’ Affairs.
“This role is a special honor for me personally as I was born in Japan and lived there the first eight years of my life,” said Hirono. “My personal bond with Japan enables me to bring a unique perspective as I work closely with the members of the Study Group to strengthen the special relationship between our two nations.”
For thirty years, The Congressional Study Groups have provided substantive, issue-based opportunities for Members of Congress to engage with their counterparts abroad. The Study Groups are the flagship international programs of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), a bipartisan organization that works to promote public service, strengthen representative democracy, and keep both current and former Members of Congress educated, engaged, and empowered to serve their country. Programming of the Congressional Study Group on Japan is supported by generous grants from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and the corporations that make up the Study Group’s Business Advisory Council.
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