[lit-ideas] Re: Tsunami

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 09:29:03 -0800


Scientists in USA saw tsunami coming
Tue Dec 28, 7:11 AM ET Top Stories - USATODAY.com
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY

Minutes after a massive earthquake rocked the Indian Ocean on Sunday, 
international ocean 
monitors knew that a tsunami would likely follow. But they didn't know whom to 

"We put out a bulletin within 20 minutes, technically as fast as we could do 
it," says Jeff 
LaDouce of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. LaDouce says 
e-mails were 
dispatched to Indonesian officials, but he doesn't know what happened to the 

The problem is that Sunday's earthquake struck the unmonitored Indian Ocean. An 
international system of buoys and monitoring stations - the Pacific Tsunami 
Warning Center 
based in Hawaii - spans the Pacific, alerting nations there to any oncoming 
disasters. But 
no such system guards the Indian Ocean.

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