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Date: Friday, March 9, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Waikoloa and Kamuela earthquake seminars

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) continues its free lecture series on natural disasters to provide the public a better understanding of earthquakes and other natural hazards on the island of Hawai‘i. Special emphasis is given to the lessons learned from the October 15, 2006 earthquakes.

The next two seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Waikoloa Elementary School Cafeteria, 68-1730 Ho‘oko Street in Waikoloa, and Monday, April 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Tutu's House Conference Room in the Kamuela Business Center, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea.

The presentations will cover the nature of earthquake, volcano, and tsunami hazards, ways to protect home and family from the damaging effects of these hazards, and the role of government agencies in minimizing the effects of and responding to natural disasters.

The speakers represent the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, CSAV, the UH Hilo Geology Department, and Hawai`i County Civil Defense. The program format is brief presentations followed by an extended question and answer period. Free literature and DVDs addressing the Big Island’s hazards and homeowner mitigation measures will be available.

To learn more about Hawai`i earthquakes and volcanoes, visit the HVO Web site at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/. To learn more about things one can do to protect their home and family from natural disasters, visit the CSAV Web site at http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~nat_haz/.


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