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Mayor: Tsunami warning cost city $330,000

Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Saturday's tsunami warning cost the City of Honolulu $330,000 in overtime and lost revenue, Mayor Mufi Hannemann said Tuesday.

"It was well worth it, given the excellent response we had," Hannemann said. "The human and financial costs of failing to prepare for and respond effectively to a natural disaster such as a tsunami would be horrendous."

The mayor said he considers the expenses to be fully justified as the warning was an excellent preparation experience for future emergencies.

Hannemann was on the mainland when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile Friday night. The quake triggered a Pacific-wide advisory which turned into a tsunami warning early Saturday morning after scientists were able to measure the strength of the ocean wave generated.

Hannemann ordered the City's Emergency Operating Center to be opened and fully staffed about 45 minutes after the earthquake occurred. It remained open until after the tsunami warning was lifted Saturday afternoon.

Early Saturday morning, the City closed most city-run facilities and called in first responders to aid in evacuations and other emergency preparations.

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