Hawaii disaster response officials are estimating the state suffered damages exceeding $30 million after a devastating Japanese earthquake sent a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean earlier this month.
Hawaii State Civil Defense reported Thursday that damages to private property amounted to $22 million, and government property damages reached $8.5 million.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he will seek federal disaster declaration from President Barack Obama. The declaration would trigger federal assistance for repairs to public structures _ including piers, moorings, planks, electrical wiring and roads _ that were damaged by tsunami waves on March 11.
Aid for businesses damaged by the tsunami could come from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which provides low-interest loans.