• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

After Dark in the Park Video Archives - May 25 2010

Hawai`i Island as a Source of Tsunamis

During large earthquakes, the flanks of Hawai`i's great volcanoes, pushed outward by gravity and magma pressure, sometimes lurch seaward. Large earthquakes, similar to the one in Kalapana in 1975, can produce tsunami waves more than 45 feer high. Join Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, to learn how local tsunamis form and how the PTWC intends to send a warning within minutes. Learn about mega-tsunamis, produce by gigantic landslides and reaching as high as a thousand feet, and why they're unlikely until after the next ice age.

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Did You Know?

Baby Hawksbill Sea Turtle emerges from its nest.

The endangered Honu`ea (Hawksbill Sea Turtle) comes to shore on the main Hawaiian Islands to nest. They lay multiple nests throughout the season with an average of 175 eggs per nest. Only one in 5,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood.