April 2011 E-Current
|In this Issue: Tsunami Hits West Hawaii • Remote Rescue Missions • Maui Responds • Hawaii Tourism Update|
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We at CORAL join the rest of the global community in sending our deepest condolences to those in Japan and beyond who felt the impact of last month's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, and particularly to those who have lost loved ones. The devastation unleashed near the earthquake's epicenter has been difficult to comprehend, especially as its ramifications continue to unfold.
The scale of this historic event was brought home for us when the tsunami swept across the Pacific to the Hawaiian Archipelago—nearly 4,000 miles away—with sufficient force to warrant emergency evacuations and cause thirty million dollars in damage. The morning after the tsunami, an entire house was found in West Hawaii's Kealakekua Bay. Although we remain concerned about the tsunami's ongoing impacts, we are heartened by community efforts to clean up important coral reef areas that have sustained damage from waves and debris.
While I hope you're doing what you can to help provide humanitarian relief to those in need in Japan, I also ask you to join us in supporting our partners in Hawaii. Please read on for more information about how Hawaii is weathering this natural disaster and what you can do to help.
Interim Executive Director
Conservation Programs Director
* Photo Credits and Notes:
Banner Photo: Convict Tangs (Acanthurus triostegus), Wake Island
Photographer: Kara Osada-D'Avella
Large Center Photo: Cleanup efforts in Kealakekua Bay, West Hawaii
Photographer: Joan Ocean
Left Side Photo: Reef triggerfish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus), Hawaii
Source: Wikimedia Commons