Here we announce the status of the Subaru Telescope, as of May 5, 2018, after the M 6.9 earthquake and its aftershocks occurred in the afternoon on May 4, 2018.
- No human damage to our staff and students based in Hawaii, and visitors to the observatory, is reported.
- The observatory is assessing damage to its facilities from the earthquakes.
- Careful investigation of the overall impact on the telescope, enclosure, and observing instruments will continue for some time.
- Therefore the observations have been canceled until the night of May 9, 2018.
- The summit facility tour program scheduled on May 9-10, 2018 has also been canceled.
- Observations will resume as soon as it is confirmed that the facilities are safe, and the telescope, enclosure, and instruments are normally operational to do so.
Dr. Michitoshi Yoshida
Director, Subaru Telescope