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WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Maui County Civil Defense Agency today announced that Maui County's tsunami
evacuation maps have recently been updated based on newly-released scientific
data, and urged all Maui County residents to review the new evacuation maps.
updated maps include expanded evacuation areas in Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina,
as well as maps for Kahakuloa
Village and Keanae,
which had not previously been mapped.
check the updated maps carefully because they mean that some households that
were not instructed to evacuate during past tsunami warnings may now be
included in the evacuation zone," Mayor Alan Arakawa advised. "This new
information will help us as a community to be better prepared for a tsunami,
and I encourage everyone to share these maps with family, friends and
Defense Emergency Management Officer Anna Foust explained that the new
evacuation maps were based on the latest scientific modeling done by UH
geophysicists. "The new inundation models take into account the
bathymetry, or topography, of the ocean floor around our islands and how that
impacts the tsunami wave as it reaches the shoreline," Foust said. "Based on
this information, our staff worked closely with the County's emergency
management partners and with our first-responder community to develop the new
evacuation zones. Until the maps can be included in next year's phone
books, we are encouraging the public to visit the website to review the recent
changes to the evacuation maps."
from the Maui County Civil Defense Agency will be scheduling community meetings
in each district to introduce the maps and talk to residents about the recent
changes and how they can prepare for a tsunami and other hazards. Details on
scheduled community meetings will be released at a later date.
access the updated maps, visit the Civil Defense webpage on the Maui County
website at www.mauicounty.gov/CivilDefense
and click on "Tsunami Evacuation Maps" on the left menu bar.