Senate Unanimously Passes Tsunami Act
Senator Schatz made the announcement Wednesday, noting that the passed Act will strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tsunami warning system and advance new research that could improve tsunami detection, forecasting, notification, and response. “Our bill strengthens the national tsunami forecasting program and stabilizes funding available for tsunami warnings and preparedness. It also gives communities the ability to focus on the particular risks they face. In Hawai‘i, that means securing our ports, preparing for the specific impacts to areas with a concentration of high rise buildings, like Waikiki, and looking to Hawai‘i’s geological past to identify possible tsunami threats in the future,” said Senator Schatz. “The earthquake in Chile last month underlines the importance of strengthening tsunami forecasting and preparedness for Hawai‘i.” Under the Act, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program is also reauthorized. The program provides funding to coastal states for preparedness activities like inundation mapping, disaster planning, and tsunami education.
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