UPDATE: Hawaii Tsunami Damage In 'Tens of Millions' of Dollars

CORRECTED 3/14/11 4:05 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the damage estimate from the tsunami exceeded $300 million. The error was made by the governor's office and later corrected.

Hawaii damage from last week's tsunami is estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars, an estimate that is "expected to climb as seismic assessments have yet to be made," according to a Monday press release from Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

A preliminary estimate of damage to state property alone was $3 million on Friday. But the new estimate incorporates damages to local luxury hotels, boat owners, residential property owners and dozens of retail shops. Damage was most severe on the Big Island.

Abercrombie this week will visit areas damaged by the tsunami, which was generated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan on March 10.

On Sunday, Abercrombie signed a supplementary proclamation to expand the State of Disaster Proclamation he signed on Friday.

"The proclamation is the first step in the process of seeking and receiving federal funds to recover and rebuild," according to the state.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will oversee the funding efforts and "will explore all possible opportunities, including recovery loans for businesses and residents through the Small Business Administration and other organizations."

State Civil Defense teams and the Department of Land and Natural Resources continue to lead the efforts in assessing all areas that have been affected. The areas include:

Oahu: Haleiwa, Keehi Lagoon

Hawaii: Honokohau Harbor, Milolii, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua

Maui: Kahului, Kihei, Spreckelsville

Molokai: Kamalo


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