Hawaii County councilman wants more tsunami sirens

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii County councilman wants new developments on the Big Island to include tsunami warning devices.

Pete Hoffman of Kohala says Hawaii's experience with a tsunami warning after a major earthquake struck off Chile in February revealed many coastal areas don't have a warning system.

He says this would pose a safety threat if large earthquake-generated waves hit the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that Hoffman has introduced a bill to the county council to require landowners to install a tsunami siren as a condition for doing certain types of construction in tsunami evacuation zones.

A council committee is due to discuss Hoffmann's proposal on Wednesday in Hilo.

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