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September 7, 2008
From journal Sights and Shops to Visit on the Big Island
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April 13, 2002
Volunteer docents will be quick to tell you that tsunamis are not tidal waves. A tsunami is a giant wave that is formed in the aftermath of an earthquake, while tidal waves are caused by the tides and storms.
Be sure to watch the half-hour documentary in the bank building's old vault. This video is based on moving accounts by survivors of the 1946 tsunami. Because tsunamis of this magnitude can, and will, happen again, the museum serves as a constant reminder to the people of Hilo to remain vigilant. However, as a volunteer pointed out, people tend to forget, and construction in low-lying areas continues. Hilo now has a special alert system to notify its citizens of an impending tsunami, and advises them to immediately move to higher ground.
Open Monday-Saturday 10-4
From journal Big Island Hawaii--Spirit of Aloha