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Big Island Police Investigating South Kohala Drowning

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a possible drowning over the weekend in the South Kohala District.

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At 9:35 a.m. Sunday (December 28), South Kohala officers responded to report of a male swimmer in distress at Wailea Beach in Puakō. A kayaker had found the swimmer motionless in the water and had taken him to shore.

Efforts to revive the him with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation were unsuccessful. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The victim has been identified as 53-year-old David Green Thompson of Seattle.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday (December 30th) to determine the exact cause of death.

Puako Boat Launch Ramp To Close Jan. 7-8 For Removal Of Damaged Loading Dock

The Department of Land and Natural Resources  will close the Puako boat launch ramp from Tuesday January 7 through Wednesday January 8, for removal of a loading dock which collapsed due to high surf on Dec. 20, 2013.

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Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) engineers and Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. inspected the damage on December 30.

Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. will use heavy machinery to  remove the broken concrete loading dock that cracked in half.

The ramp will reopen for use as of Jan. 9,  but there will be no loading dock available for boaters to use.

DOBOR is seeking bids for a temporary wooden dock replacement,. The pilings and pile cap appear to be usable for a temporary wooden loading dock.

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Puako Area of the Big Island This Afternoon

Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 19.965°N, 156.039°W
Depth 41.9 km (26.0 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 19 km (12 miles) WNW (282°) from Puako, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) W (276°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 27 km (17 miles) N (352°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 104 km (64 miles) WNW (286°) from Hilo, HI
  • 239 km (148 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.9 km (0.6 miles); depth +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles)
Parameters Nph= 41, Dmin=33 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=162°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60366822

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Puako Area of Big Island

Magnitude 3.7
Date-Time
  • Friday, June 15, 2012 at 02:18:35 PM at epicenter
Location 19.887°N, 155.994°W
Depth 16 km (9.9 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 14 km (9 miles) WSW (250°) from Puako, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) N (3°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) WSW (254°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 97 km (60 miles) WNW (282°) from Hilo, HI
  • 248 km (154 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.1 km (0.7 miles); depth +/- 20.1 km (12.5 miles)
Parameters Nph= 49, Dmin=35 km, Rmss=0.19 sec, Gp=169°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60359516

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Kohala Side of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.8
Date-Time
  • Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 04:40:27 UTC
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 06:40:27 PM at epicenter
Location 20.037°N, 156.022°W
Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region MAUI REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 20 km (12 miles) NW (305°) from Puako, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) WNW (294°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 30 km (19 miles) SW (221°) from Hawi, HI
  • 35 km (22 miles) N (357°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 105 km (65 miles) WNW (291°) from Hilo, HI
  • 235 km (146 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.9 km (1.2 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 60, Dmin=27 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=248°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60294006