Shinmachi tsunami memorial, Hilo, Hawaii 1983

Childs, Iraphne R. (1983) Shinmachi tsunami memorial, Hilo, Hawaii 1983. [Image]

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Hilo city, county capital , is situated on Hilo Hay, on the north-east coast of the Island of Hawaii. With a population of approx. 40,000, Hilo is a "laid-back town" but is vulnerable to tsunami hazard. In 1946 Hilo Bay was inundated by a tsunami which devastated the waterfront area of Shinmachi, (lit. New Town in Japanese) killing 159 people. Shinmachi was re-built after 1946 only to be destroyed by another tsunami in 1960 which killed 61 people. After 1960 the low-lying waterfront area was made into the Wailoa River State Recreation Area. This image shows the Shinmachi tsunami memorial in this parkland.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: monuments & memorials
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United States of AmericaHawaiiHiloWailoa River State Recreation Area
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