Posted February 08, 2018 04:13:21 Hawaii’s largest island, Maui, is undergoing a seismic upgrade.
The $1.2 billion upgrade will allow the island to be more earthquake resistant.
According to Maui Mayor David Eltahawy, the island is “a little bit more seismically safe.”
He added, “The biggest challenge we’ve had is keeping the island safe from the major earthquakes.
We’ve had two major earthquakes and we’ve also had a major tsunami.”
Maui was hit by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake in 2016.
A second earthquake hit the island in October.
Since then, the U.S. Geological Survey has been monitoring the island.
The latest data from the agency says the island’s seismic hazard is 0.5 on the Richter scale.
In a recent interview, Eltuhawy said the earthquake upgrades are part of a “strategic plan to protect the safety of the people of Maui.”
He also noted that the island was the second-highest-affected area after California.
A study from the University of Hawaii said in 2016 that the seismic hazard in MauI is 0% greater than the city of Los Angeles.
It added that the earthquake and tsunami that struck the island were “extremely violent.”
Eltahowy says the upgrades will make the island “much safer.”