After a magnitude 7.2 quake in March of 2016, Maui began replacing pipes at its largest dam, the Kamehameha Dam, to prevent future tremors.
After the quake, the state also began testing water flow through the dam and a series of other facilities.
Since then, it has had more than 6,000 tests done at the dams main spillway.
This is the first time the state has reported a massive earthquake in the state’s history.
The state said it expects the quake to be felt by as far away as 30 miles, and the area will be closed for more than a week.
Maui has received hundreds of earthquakes and after the last one, the governor ordered the construction of a $1.5 billion water-main replacement project to prevent earthquakes from spreading further.
While this latest earthquake is relatively small in magnitude, it is still a major earthquake, according to Dr. Brian McFarland, a seismologist and geophysicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“It’s a very, very large earthquake,” McFarlands comments.
“The rupture is just a couple of miles in diameter, but it’s very, really small and so we’ll have to wait to see how it shakes out and how strong it is and how much damage is done to the dam.”
There are two types of earthquakes that cause the major shaking: quakes that occur in the earth’s crust, and quakes caused by a buildup of fluid in a fluid reservoir.
Quakes can cause water to flow up through the ground, which causes a river to overflow and a dam to collapse, McFarlanders comments.
There are no reports of injuries after the latest earthquake, which occurred on April 11, but McFariles has already ordered the state to begin replacing the leaking pipes.
“We will start installing new pipes to prevent this from happening again,” McFarlanes said.
“And we will start repairing any other pipes that are leaking.”
McFarleys office told ABC News that the state is also testing the water at the dam to see if the damage is enough to cause a rupture.
“If there is a leak, we will be able to repair it in an appropriate manner,” McAfee says.
“Once that happens, we’ll be able start repairing the damage to the reservoir.”
McAfee, who is the CEO of the Hawaii Power Authority, which oversees the state of Hawaii, is also the president of the American Water Works Association, which represents major water utilities across the country.
He says the water is safe.
“There is nothing that could possibly cause this magnitude of earthquake,” he says.
McFarman says that there are two main reasons why water is being used at the Kakaako Dam, one being the lack of earthquake proofing.
“Maui is the only state that has not tested the water in the Kailua reservoir to see whether there is an earthquake proof system,” Mcfarman says.
The other reason is the amount of wastewater that is being pumped into the Kanaheo River.
“They are pumping water in a very big quantity of water, and they are doing this in the hope of protecting the system,” he adds.
A major earthquake could damage the state and cause a large flood, which could also lead to flooding and landslides in the region.
Mauia Dam reservoir is a 1,500 acre reservoir located in Hawaii’s Kakaakea National Forest, about 90 miles northwest of Honolulu.
It is the largest water reservoir in the United States.
It was built in 1961 to accommodate the city of Honolulu, which is home to more than 3.3 million people.
The Kanaakea Dam has been a major source of water for Hawaii for more the past 50 years.
The reservoir was originally intended to contain a portion of the Kilauea River, but in 1996, the water level was exceeded and the dam was flooded, causing a major collapse of the reservoir.
The damage to Kilaues dam is estimated to be $50 million.
As the dam is filled with water, it will slowly leak out into the ocean.
This will cause significant damage to Hawaiian waters and could be a major concern to the local tourism industry.
“Our tourism industry depends on the water that is going to be flowing through the Kahiakea Reservoir, and we really need that to stay healthy,” Mcafrold says.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) says that this is a major quake.
“This is the fourth largest earthquake to be recorded on Kauai in history, and it was the largest ever recorded at the time,” NOAA spokeswoman Andrea Brown tells ABC News.
Brown adds that it was also the largest earthquake in Hawaii since 1891, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the island.