14 Mar 2011

Hawaii assesses tsunami damage

2:31 pm on 14 March 2011

Disaster teams in Hawaii are assessing the damage to the US state from the Japanese tsunami, with rough initial estimates putting the cost at about three million dollars.

Hawaii State Civil Defence says at least 47 homes have been affected on the main island of Hawaii, and the islands of Molokai, and Maui, along with houseboats on Oahu.

It says a lot of the homes are vacation rentals, but the primary homes of some families have been washed away or damaged by water.

A Civil Defence public information officer Shelly Ichishita says teams are assessing the damage to businesses and homes before considering whether to seek supplementary federal assistance.

"We've had significant damages to harbours and piers. There's a lot of damage along one coastline of the Big Island, as well as damage to six or seven homes on the island of Molokai, as well as damage to several areas on the island of Maui."

Shelly Ichishita says there is no indication Hawaii will suffer ill-effects from any radiation emitted from Japan's nuclear power plants as it is a localised incident.