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Big Island tsunami damage more than $14 million

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 4:27 PM

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- A county agency says the Big Island suffered more than $14 million in damage during a tsunami triggered by the earthquake in Japan.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento says the new estimate includes $11.1 million in damage to businesses.

Hawaii News Now reports businesses that were affected include the Kona Inn and the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Residences incurred about $2.5 million. County facilities in Kona suffered $562,000.

The data does not account for loss of contents in businesses or homes during the March 11 tsunami. State officials will use the report to request federal assistance.

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