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Voice of the Sea: Engineering Tsunami Resilience

Voice of the Sea highlights ocean research and careers. Most Voice of the Sea TV episodes are 30 minutes long, with some pieces (outakes) of various length also used in the Exploring Our Fluid Earth Curriculum. All TV episodes are available through


In this episode of Voice of the Sea, we investigate how engineers study and design buildings to withstand destructive forces, like tsunamis. We’ll learn about the dangers to Hawai’i, the plan for vertical evacuation in Honolulu, and the new building code. We talk with distinguished professor, Dr. Ian Robertson, award-winning engineer Gary Chock, and Dean of the University of Hawaii’s College of Engineering, Dr. Ron Riggs.


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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.