Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and What They Mean for the U.S.   [open pdf - 36KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the multi-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) joins with the rest of the United States and indeed the rest of the world in expressing our concern to the Japanese people as they recover from their historic magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by this ongoing tragedy. Immediately after the earthquake, NOAA's [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center both issued tsunami warnings for Hawaii, the U.S. West Coast, Alaska and the island territories in the Pacific. Fortunately, the tsunami generated by this earthquake which hit Hawaii and the West Coast caused relatively minor damage that was generally limited to beach front and harbor facilities. However, past tsunamis have been far worse, and the caution shown by Federal, State and local officials was certainly warranted. One only has to look back to 1960, when an earthquake in Chile resulted in a 35 ft tsunami in Hilo, Hawaii that killed 61 people to see that their caution was justified."

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