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A Guide to Answer Further Questions 

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

What is a tsunami and what causes them?

Is there a Hawaiian word for tsunami?

  • There are three Hawaiian expressions used to describe tsunamis. “Kai e’e” is a general term for tsunami waves, literally, the “climbing sea” and “kai ho’e’e” means the “rising sea”. “Kai mimiki” is used to describe the “receding sea” before the kai e’e arrives.  The receding water is actually the trough of the tsunami reaching shore.

Where can I find Hawai’i tsunami evacuation zone maps?

  • Tsunami Map Viewer was created by NOAA to provide easy, online access to the State’s tsunami evacuation zone maps.
  • The front of the phone book provides these maps.

What do all these big words mean?

  • Find definitions in the PTM Tsunami Glossary

Help me find other tsunami resource centers.

Is there a curriculum available for teachers and students?

I’d like to know about the warning centers. 

Where can I see a photo of a tsunami?

Is this photograph real?

How will I know if a tsunami will hit where I live?

Can I see runup maps of Hawaii’s tsunami history?

Can I see data from the sea level buoys?

Where can I read tsunami stories?

Where can I watch video of tsunami survivors?

I’m interested in learning more about preparedness and disaster centers.

Where can I read about tsunami research?

I’d like to see some animations.

Are there any other webcams on the Big Island?

I’m interested in related science topics.

I’m interested in other points of interest in Hawai’i.