National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 1978

Socioeconomic effects of the 1967 Flood Insurance Act in Hawaii

Loomis, H.G.

In Proceedings of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Special Tsunami Symposium, Manuscript Report No. 48, Ensenada, Baja California, 23–26 March 1977, 239–241 (1978)

The necessity of defining coastal hazard zones subject to tsunami inundation with a probability of 0.01 per year has brought the problem of precise flooding predictions into the public eye. Since use of land in the coastal hazard zone is highly restricted, the consequences of such zoning are enormous. This has generated an interesting interplay between the public, politicians, bureaucrats, and scientists. Everyone would enjoy the benefits of federally subsidized tsunami insurance, but would not like the resulting restrictions on land use.

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