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Wednesday
Mar162011

Hawaii Assesses Major Damage from Tsunami

ABC News(HONOLULU) -- Hawaii got off relatively easy last Friday compared to what the tsunami did to Japan.

Still, the nation's 50th state sustained tens of millions of dollars in damage from giant waves, although the initial estimate was lowered once state and county officials took a tour of the affected areas.

Those hardest included Kealakekua on the Big Island, Maalaea Harbor, Kahului on Maui, and Kona, where many businesses were flooded.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who toured the damaged areas Tuesday, acknowledged that the economic impact from the tsunami will be "profound."

The state is also expected to take another economic hit, since the Japanese are its biggest tourism clients and it's expected visits will dwindle dramatically for the foreseeable future.

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