We were very lucky

Not wanting to make light of anyone’s difficulties here in Hawaii, but compared to what is going on in Japan….we dodged a bullet

Tsunami damage estimate for Hawaii now tens of millions

The damage to government facilities, private businesses and residential property in Hawaii from Friday’s tsunami is now estimated in the tens of millions — a figure that’s expected to climb, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s spokeswoman said today.

Spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said the figure is a rough estimate that is likely to increase after state Civil Defense crews return from Maui and Molokai. Previously, Civil Defense director Ed Teixeira conservatively put the initial damage estimate for state property at $3 million.

Earlier today, Dela Cruz said the estimate was $300 million but later sent out a press release correcting the figure to "tens of millions." She said the estimate was a "moving target" and that the larger figure was an error.

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