Hawaii is a natural disaster hotspot, with more than $9 billion in damages from the massive 2015 earthquake that destroyed much of the Hawaiian island.
As a result, the state is one of only five that could lose tens of millions of dollars in economic activity in the event of a quake, according to an estimate from the Hawaii Earthquake Recovery Task Force.
And Hawaii has some of the most robust preparedness in the nation, with the state spending over $500 million on disaster recovery, according the National Center for Disaster Mitigation.
With the federal government in a crisis mode, the Trump administration is expected to take up the task soon, with a bill expected to be introduced in the House and Senate later this month.
With its extensive and expensive disaster preparedness, Hawaii has been one of the safest places in the country.
However, with nearly one in five residents without power, there are still concerns about the potential of another quake.
“If you’re just sitting around and watching the weather, there’s still a chance that the big one happens,” Hawaii Gov.
David Ige told ABC News’ Brian Ross in an interview from Honolulu on Tuesday.
“There’s still the possibility of another big one happening.
But if you don’t take action, you’ll have an awful lot of damage.”
A strong quake would hit Hawaii between Hawaii and the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kauai and Molokan, and would also likely trigger landslides that could cause major road and power outages.
Hawaii Gov David Igge (left) and Gov.
Larry Hogan speak during a press conference on March 29, 2019.
“When you have earthquakes, there will be catastrophic damage,” Hawaii Governor David Iige said.
Ige was referring to the possibility that a large quake would send the island into a full-fledged earthquake-triggered emergency, and could even bring the entire state to a complete halt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.