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Tsunami and question - could US help more with information??

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posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 09:50 PM
Of course in anti-american sites appeared some rumours that US knew about great earthquake in pacific and didn't inform anybody about it.There were also rumors that US sattelites could see tsunami but US didn't send alert message to all these countries affected by disaster.

It was simply to predict that sick leftists,pacifists and other sick antiamericans will make such theories - but can anybody logically explain - what US and other counties could know and who is guilty???local governments????scientists???US???? or maybe nobody - nobody was prepared to do anything in such case????

posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 09:53 PM
Man I'm getting very tired of this "can the US", "did the US", etc. Are there any posters out there that can post something without pointing the finger, or give it, to America?

posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 10:13 PM

Originally posted by intrepid
Man I'm getting very tired of this "can the US", "did the US", etc. Are there any posters out there that can post something without pointing the finger, or give it, to America?

no,that's not a problem.the problem is that there are some rumors and I don't belive them.But I have to pledge that I don't know anything about that - so I don't belive it only because "I don't belive".But maybe somebody know something more - because it's interesting who is guilty.I read some articles where scientists said that local gevernments are guilty because they knew about earthquake but there weren't any procedures how to inform people and nobody knew what to do - they haven't got any special service who could react in such cases.

I think so - but am I right???

posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 10:21 PM
Fine. Good questions as well but the title of the thread was, "Tsunami and question - could US help more with information??" You see my concern? Could the US have helped more? Who knows. How about the other 2 dozen nations that have satillites up there? No offence but it's gotten a little too easy to point at America lately. Hey, I live next door and I'm not happy with the political atmosphere but it's getting out of hand.

posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 10:23 PM
These is no way we can detect an earthquake. But there is a way to detect a tsunami. I think there is an organization based in U.S. or Europe. Unfortunately neither India or Sri Lanka were a member in that.

Tsunamis aren't everyday happenings over there, I doubt it they even had one in the last century, which is why they didn't care about them.

I heard from my friends that the org did find about the tsunami and did send a telegram or some kind of message to them, but the message reached too late.

I also heard that some westerners in the vacation spots got warnings and fled. I am not sure though.

It is a sad thing and it has already happened. There is no use pointing fingers now. It is over and people are dead. Instead of blaming each other, we should make sure that we get some kind of alert system set up to detect future tsunamis.


posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 10:30 PM
The problem wasn't that we didn't warn anyone - we attempted too. The problem is that there's a lack of a tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean and no preparedness for such an event by the people in the coastal areas affected. The fact that the warnings that did get through weren't heeded so that the tourist industry wouldn't be hurt also is a big reason so many died. (Not the "real" Al Jazeera.)
We put out a bulletin within 20 minutes, technically as fast as we could do it," said Jeff LaDouce, an official in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

LaDouce noted that they e-mailed Indonesian officials, but said that he wasn’t aware what happened after they sent the e-mails.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is an international system of monitoring stations stationed in Hawaii. It monitors the Pacific and warn nearby countries of any expected disasters.

But the problem with Sunday’s deadly earthquake is that the Indian Ocean isn’t guarded by such systems.

Just minutes after the earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Sunday morning, Thailand’s foremost meteorological experts were sitting together in a crisis meeting. But they decided not to warn about the tsunami “out of courtesy to the tourist industry,” writes the Thailand daily newspaper The Nation.

The experts got the news around 8:00 am on Sunday morning local time. An hour later, the first massive wave struck. But the experts started to discuss the economic impacts when they discussed if a tsunami warning should be issued.

The primary argument against such a warning was that there had not been any floods in 300 years. Also, the experts believed the Indonesian island Sumatra would be a “cushion” for the southern coast of Thailand. The experts also had bad information; they thought the tremor was 8.1. A similar earthquake occurred in the same area in 2002 with no flooding at all.

One expert The Nation spoke with also noted that the department had only four earthquake experts among their
900-strong meteorological department. A second told The Nation that a tsunami warning was discussed but that because of the risk, they opted not to issue a warning.

“We finally decided not to do anything because the tourist season was in full swing,” the source said. “The hotels were 100 percent booked. What if we issued a warning, which would have led to an evacuation, and nothing had happened. What would be the outcome? The tourist industry would be immediately hurt. Our department would not be able to endure a lawsuit.”

There's a lot of blame to be divvied out to passing the buck bureaucrats in that region....but as surfup said, tsunamis don't happen there often.

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