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The Kona company has nearly $ 100,000 in losses after the tsunami hit the store

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Impacts on Hawaii from Saturday's tsunami generated by the volcanic eruption near Tonga were mainly seen in ports and low-lying areas.

But one Kona company was hit particularly hard when their store took a hit from the rise.

Water reef through Sea Quest Hawaii's retail store at Keauhou Bay. Owner Manu Powers said they were called up around noon. 04.00 on Saturday, where they made them aware that the store for their snorkeling tour business was prone to tsunami damage.

The river was strong enough to move a nearly 300 gallon propane tank across the farm. And it was an even bigger mess inside.

"When we opened the office, everything that had been outside was inside," Powers said. "Everything - because the propane tank was obviously bolted on - was pushed into the office by the wave, sucked out again and even over a rock wall that was a few meters high."

"We were confused. Everything was ruined," she added. "About 95% of our inventory and our equipment, it does not include electronics. And our washer dryer, dishwasher, ice maker fridge, all the things you know, coolers, snorkels and masks - all that's gone. And who knows where? "

Powers says this is the second time her company has suffered tsunami damage. Back in 2011, waves from the tsunami in Japan washed away the entire building.

She says that everything they lost this time can eventually be replaced, and she is grateful that no one was hurt.

The company's boats were not damaged and they were able to restart snorkeling trips the next day.

Powers says it's needed income right now as the company tries its best to recover.

[Read a related report: Communication with Tonga likely won’t be restored for weeks, leaving families worried]

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