ABSTRACT

The tsunami of 23 May 1960 was detected in Hilo Bay at 0007 hours HST and recorded on the Honolulu tide gauge at 0033 HST. Runup heights ranged from 2 to 17 feet except in Hilo where the wave formed a bore and reached 35 feet. Sixty-one people were killed and 282 injured in spite of elaborate warning 5 hours in advance of the arrival of the tsunami.

Damage and effects are discussed for all the Hawaiian Islands and recommendations are made to prevent future catastrophes. A brief history of Hawaiian tsunamis is given.

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