Take On Any Natural Disaster In Hawaii With A SteelMaster Quonset Hut

While Hawaii is known for its beautiful tropical weather, the islands are very vulnerable to several natural disasters. SteelMaster’s disaster resistant buildings can help you stay safe and prepared for any severe weather that may come your way.


One of the most notable natural disasters in the Aloha State is volcanic eruptions. The major inhabited Hawaiian Islands were formed during the past 5 million years by the outpouring of lava from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The oldest rocks above sea level are less than one million years old. There are currently only three volcanoes on Hawaii that are considered active: Hualālai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. In May 2018, a fissure from the Kilauea volcano opened on the Big Island.

On May 29, Reuters photographer Mario Garcia snapped a photo of Hawaii National Guard Major Jeff Hickman standing in front of a disaster resistant SteelMaster building, surrounded by lava, in Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii. The custom end walls were gone, but the steel arches were still standing.

SteelMaster’s metal Quonset Huts are specifically engineered to withstand some of the most extreme natural and manmade conditions. Our buildings are made with 100 percent high quality, commercial grade steel that has been subjected to several rigorous tests to see how it holds up in an intense fire.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the eruption temperature of Kilauea lava was about 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes more than that amount of heat, 2,500 degrees, for steel to even begin to burn.

Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Flash Floods

Being completely surrounded by water makes the islands of Hawaii vulnerable to certain kinds of natural disasters, such as flooding, hurricanes and tsunamis. Hawaii is the U.S. state at the greatest risk for tsunamis, with about one happening annually. Tsunamis usually happen after an earthquake in a coastal or oceanic region.

Owners of SteelMaster metal Quonset Huts credit their disaster-resistant buildings for helping them survive direct hits from some of the deadliest storms.

Jose Malave, a longtime SteelMaster customer, rode out Hurricane Maria in his disaster resistant SteelMaster Building.

“Hurricane Maria destroyed my island of Puerto Rico. We took refuge from the storm and after the storm in my building which resisted the punishment of Maria,” said Malave. “We did not make any preparation for the building; we only entered all of our belongings and closed the door.”

Not only is he alive and able to tell his story, but he was able to save thousands of dollars by storing his valuables inside of the steel building.

“I am extremely happy and grateful that I was able to save my life and $ 70,000 dollars as a team. I have to thank God, but also thanks to the SteelMaster team,” said Malave.

We’ve also made our Quonset Huts extremely durable with a thicker gauge of steel. Instead of having to build an internal structure, we’ve designed each panel with deep corrugation, which gives it super strength. Each panel is overlapped and bolted to the next. This creates one continuous structure able to resist the force of strong winds by distributing the force to the ground instead of causing the building to collapse.

Our structures are designed to meet the building codes for hurricane-prone areas which change frequently with the increase of tropical depressions. Our high-grade commercial steel has the best high-speed resistance of any other kind of building. Hurricanes can pack winds from 74 mph as a category 1 to over 157 mph or more as a category 5 according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Rigid frame structures are left defenseless against the power of the hurricane’s howling winds, but SteelMaster’s house materials have endured when tested in the most powerful storms.

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