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Officials tell residents to be aware of tsunamis’ perils

  • COURTESY STATE ARCHIVES

    The Kuwahara Store looks mostly intact amid the wreckage of Hilo’s business district. Some buildings, lifted off their foundations, are at odd angles.

  • PACIFIC TSUNAMI MUSEUM / JAMES KERSHNER COLLECTION

    Waves bear down on the already scoured Hilo waterfront during the April 1, 1946, tsunami.

It’s no coincidence that April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii. Seventy years ago today the islands were pounded by one of the most destructive tsunamis in the 20th century, a series of massive waves that took 159 lives and caused more than$26 million in damage across the state. Read more

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