Monday, December 26, 2005

Tsunami 2004: The World Remembers; 300,000 Dead

The holidays are no time for despair and devastation, but it sometimes happens that way regardless.
As the world reflects on the disaster that was the Tsunami of December 26, 2004, others are working hard to prevent a tragedy of its magnitude from ever happening again.

National Geographic reports an early warning system for the Indian Ocean area is beginning to take shape. Scientists from more than two dozen nations in the region (including India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia) are participating in a project using a system of buoys as an early-warning of tsunami events. A more permanent system is still under development.

The Indo Tsunami Web site tracks the progress of the development of a Regional Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean. They have links to several major international organizations devoted to reducing the destructive power of a tsunami and many other natural disasters.

The National Weather Service operates two tsunami early-warning systems for the U.S. West Coast and Pacific Ocean regions, although some claim it's still not enough.

The destructive power of Nature can be overwhelming, but when we have fair notice an event is coming we can prepare for the worst, protect property and most importantly, save lives.

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