Pacific Tsunami Warning Center open despite government shutdown - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center open despite government shutdown

By RACHEL D'ORO
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Despite the partial government shutdown, Americans have a full team of scientists tracking every possibility for an earthquake-triggered tsunami.

The nation's two tsunami warning centers remain fully staffed and operating around the clock in Alaska and Hawaii.

Stuart Weinstein is the deputy director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii's Ewa Beach on Oahu. He says operations will remain active throughout the shutdown.

In Alaska, Paul Whitmore is the director of the warning center in Palmer north of Anchorage. Besides staying open, the center has a new name: The National Tsunami Warning Center, instead of the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Whitmore says the new name, effective Oct. 1, more accurately reflects its wider responsibility since the East Coast and Eastern Canada were added in 2005.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-06-21 00:13:56 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>
  • Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

    Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-06-20 17:21:43 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-06-21 00:13:06 GMT
    United and American Airlines asked the federal government not to use their companies to transport migrant children who were separated from their parents. (Source: Facebook)United and American Airlines asked the federal government not to use their companies to transport migrant children who were separated from their parents. (Source: Facebook)

    American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

    More >>

    American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

    More >>
  • Drive an electric car? In Hawaii, you're in good company

    Drive an electric car? In Hawaii, you're in good company

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-06-21 00:09:47 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now/File)(Image: Hawaii News Now/File)
    (Image: Hawaii News Now/File)(Image: Hawaii News Now/File)

    A new report says Hawaii ranks as one of the states with the highest percentage of hybrid or electric vehicles.

    More >>

    A new report says Hawaii ranks as one of the states with the highest percentage of hybrid or electric vehicles.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly