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Emergency warning sirens across Oahu and a few on Kauai went off accidentally at approximately 8:07 this morning. According to Mel Kaku, director of the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, it was an “inadvertent activation in the course of preparing for today’s scheduled test”. The activation of the Oahu sirens also triggered several sirens on ...
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The most recent eruption of Kilauea Volcano will mark another milestone on January 3, 2017.  That date is the 34th anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption, which began in 1983. During the past 34 years, lava flows have buried over 142 km2 (55 mi2) of public and private land, destroying 215 structures ...
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Voters in the 2016 General Election approved an amendment to the Kaua‘i County Charter that renames the county’s Civil Defense Agency (KCDA) as the Emergency Management Agency. The name change takes effect on Thursday, Dec. 8. According to Elton Ushio, emergency management administrator, the amendment makes the Charter consistent with the state’s emergency management law, ...
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Have you ever wondered why Kīlauea Volcano’s current lava flow is called the “61g” flow? Visit  To explain, we must go back to the beginning of the ongoing eruption. It all started on January 3, 1983, with fissures erupting intermittently along the middle part of Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone. In June 1983, the eruption became ...
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As 2016 comes to a close…the people of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency are already gearing up for the challenges of 2017. During the past year Hawaii-EMA, which serves as the coordinating agency for the four counties during times of emergencies and disasters, activated its Emergency Operating Center three times. Residents may recall Tropical Storm ...
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