The Maui News - The Maui County Civil Defense Agency has updated tsunami evacuation zone maps--with major changes in the Kahului area and the addition of new maps for two areas on Maui.
"The need (for the update) was that there is better scientific modeling available," said Anna Foust, county emergency management officer. "We used the data to ensure that we have the most accurate information."
In a statewide initiative, scientists and geophysicists from the University of Hawai'i-Manoa created a formula that utilized topography data from each island to help define evacuation zones. The two-dimensional model evaluated 196 miles of Maui coastline, along with historical and hypothetical tsunami data.
The Kahului area, from Waihe'e to Kanaha Beach Park, experienced the largest evacuation zone growth. The zone now includes University of Hawai'i Maui College.
Another notable change includes the Kihei area--from Kama'ole Beach Park III to Kealia--which saw evacuation zone growth from South Kihei Road to Liloa Drive.
With many residents and businesses now in the evacuation area, Foust urges residents to be informed, make a plan and make an emergency kit. She also said residents should listen to the radio for announcements on assembly areas, if they have no place to stay.
View the updated maps at www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=261, or search for "Maui County tsunami maps" on the Web.