Sunday, December 26, 2004

A better warning system

Tsunamis hit south asia.

Today the killer waves hit south India causing a heavy live and property loss.The tsunami & the indonesian earthquake that tiggered it have caused has left more than 11,500 people dead according to the latest news.

A better tsunami warning could have prevented this heavy human loss.USA,japan have a tsunami warning system that closely watches the activities in the pacific ocean.japan which has the most advanced tsunami monitoring system, as they are the one who are frequently affected by it.The name tsunami itself is japanese, meaning tsu (harbor) and nami (wave).

The international warning system was started in 1965, the year after tsunamis associated with a magnitude 9.2 temblor struck Alaska in 1964.Member states include all the major Pacific rim nations in North America, Asia and South America, was well as the Pacific islands, Australia and New Zealand. It also includes France, which has sovereignty over some Pacific islands, and Russia.India and srilanka are not members.Because tsunamis dont happen than often here.Buoys have to be kept to gauge the tidal waves.And there was none in Indian Ocean.

Researchers say that aftershocks could trigger more tsunamis. The earthquake may also have created new quake zones hundreds of miles away.

Hopefully this devastation will likely to prompt calls to extend a 26-nation tsunami warning network in the Pacific.

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