Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Electrical Grid

Mar 27, 2018

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii utilities personnel used the new hybrid bucket truck in the field for the first time July 26. They replaced power lines between multiple poles on the command’s main compound at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Credit Denise Emsley | NAVFAC / Flickr

Hawaiʻi's position as the most remote population center in the world leaves the islands uniquely vulnerable to a disaster. This week, The Conversation explores the vulnerability of Hawaiʻi's people and infrastructure. The first installment of the five-part series takes a look at the electrical grid - where 60% of power plants lie in an inundation zone.