DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Post-Earthquake Dam Inspection Reports
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has posted on its website reports of dam inspections conducted after the October 15, 2006 earthquake.
Following the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that centered below Waikoloa on the Big Island, DLNR’s Dam Safety program immediately contacted all dam owners across the state to check their dams for cracking or other potential problems, and then the program sent out teams statewide to conduct post-earthquake inspections.
Teams from the University of Hawaii – College of Engineering, the Department of the Interior: Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a private engineering company were dispatched over the next four weeks to conduct the post-earthquake inspections for all regulated dams.
"The emergency situations of 2006 show the need for continued and increased funding and support for the dam safety program in order to carry out its basic requirements for oversight, inspection, and education for dam owners in Hawaii,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“While a few reservoirs did have some damage that is noted in the reports, immediate actions were taken, such as lowering water reservoir levels, to ensure that any downstream communities were not in danger,” Young said.
The earthquake inspection reports are listed by islands and can be found at:
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