Originally posted by Scott
Actually it was covered. I read all about it.
I doubt it, but whatever you say.
Each earth quake has the possibility of creating a tsunami.
Not really. Quakes of <M6.0 are unlikely to generate tsunamis.But according to NOAA: "The Director of the Hawaii Warning Center stated that they did not know that the earthquake would generate a deadly seismic wave until it had hit Sri Lanka, more than one and a half hours later, at 2.30 GMT."
This was a M9.0, the 4th largest quake in 100 years, and the establishment with (supposedly) the expertise failed to put out a general warning in the Indian Ocean, despite having detected the massive quake at the time it happened.
They have separate sensors to detect the wave. Of course the Pacific monitoring can't tell if there is a wave in the Indian Ocean.
Yes they can, and they did. NOAA is on the record of having detected a tsunami, but they dragged their heels, for reasons best known to them. The State Dept. was informed, but that is as far as the information went. Congress is now looking into this matter:The US Congress is to investigate why the US government did not notify all the Indian Ocean nations in the affected area:
_"Only two countries in the affected region, Indonesia and Australia, received the warning.. Yet the tsunami took as long as two hours to reach some countries, and NOAA's critics say timely even unofficial warnings might have allowed people in coastal areas to flee."
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is "exploring and looking into why NOAA was not able to provide this valuable, life-saving information to the 11 affected nations," (quoted in Boston Globe, 29 Dec 2004):
Each country that is part of the Pacific effort has to designate a contact in their country that can take the call and have the ability to contact those people in their country that can take action to warn and protect the public. None of the countries in the indian ocean had provided that contact.
Did they get it? We are not dealing with information based on Ocean sensors: the emergency warning was transmitted in the immediate wake of the earthquake (based on seismic data)._ The earthquake took place at 00.58 GMT on the 26th of Dec. The report was transmitted to The State Department and the US Navy following the earthquake._
With modern communications, the information of an impending disaster could have been sent around the world in a matter of minutes, by email, by telephone, by fax, not to mention by live satellite television.
Coastguards, municipalities, local governments, tourist hotels, etc. could have been warned. So as we can see, when we remove our anti-american blinders, it's understandable that the people at the Pacific monitoring stations didn't know who to contact it the Indian Ocean. Of course they contacted the state department which contacted other countries but ...
Are you saying that while the State Dept. knew what was going down, they failed to warn people because they didn't know who to contact in those countries? Are you say9ing that we have zero contact with the governments in so many nations in the region?
BUT! SJO has a good anti-american yarn to spin. You may want to stop spreading your lies and hate long enough to think.
One of these days, Scott *may* realize that development and improvement comes with learning from mistakes and acting on them, rather than denying or ignoring them out of pride and arrogance and manitaining that status quo.
Oh and while I'm at it Giego Garcia is significantly father away from the origin of the wave then almost all of the other areas affected. By the time the wave got there it was greatly reduced in size. Duh?
No, the seabed at Diego Garcia Island has a far steeper gradient than the gentle sloped beaches of the places severely affected. The tsunami was reduced in size of course due to distance, but had the shore been gently shelving, ot would have been a very different scenario.