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According to McCreery, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s center in Honolulu, the team did its utmost to contact the countries.
The team contacted the US State Department, which apparently contacted the Asian governments. The Indian government has confirmed that no such warning was received.
Why has a senior commander involved in the invasion of Iraq been assigned to lead the US emergency-relief program?
as posted by Xibalba
But Australia got warning and India didnt?
"Probably the basic reason is that dangerous tsunamis are extremely rare in the Indian Ocean, so it probably was not perceived as a major hazard" by governments in the region, said Harold Mofjeld, a senior scientist at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, part of the federal government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.
India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, located across the Indian Ocean from the earthquake, did not receive the warning because they were not part of the Pacific system, said Douglas L. Johnson, director of the National Weather Service, which handles tsunami warnings.
"We don't have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world," said Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Scientists at the center in Hawaii tried to alert officials in the region with what few contacts they had, said retired Canadian researcher Tad Murty, who is familiar with the scientists' efforts.
‘‘I have tried several times with the Indian government, but they have said they do not have enough money to sustain a full-fledged system,’’ Murty told The Indian Express from Manitoba, ‘‘it is largely seen as a Pacific country problem.’’
The Indian met office has its own explanations. ‘‘Unless we have computer models, we cannot issue a tsunami warning after every earthquake,’’ says R S Dattatrayam, director (seismology), Indian Meteorological Department. Every major earthquake in the ocean does not result in a tsunami.
There was a major earthquake on June 26, 1941, of a magnitude of 8.1 off the coast of the Andamans. But it did not result in any tsunamis, Dattatrayam says: ‘‘It is a question of science. We cannot issue a warning causing panic, unless we can establish it scientifically.’’
Originally posted by ThatsJustWeird
what is the point of this thread?
Seriously. I want to know.
What your you suggesting Xibalba?
It's amazing....the US can apparently do nothing right. We help people and it's "suspicious"....or we're trying to invade these countries....
wtf kind of crap is that?
As far as the warnings....as been said MANY times now. The Indian ocean has no early warning system for tsunamis. But anytime there's an under water earthquake the chance is there, so warnings were probably issued for the areas closest to the quake. No one knew the tsuanmi would be that bad. Without any system in place, there's no way anyone could have...
IMHO, your reading to much into this.
Originally posted by jprophet4201:00 gmt quake hits
1:01 to 1:30 the scientists analyze the data, determine that there is danger and decide not to tell certain goverments but not others.
1:30 the first wave rolls in in to thailand
1:30 to 2:30 the goverment of thiland is notified by whomever is behind the conspiracy that if they call up their neighbors to the west to warn them they will be killed. why else wouldnt thailand help their neighbors? it must be becasue they were 'in on it'.
Originally posted by stevehowarth
Any country with sophisticated seismic monitors would surely have picked up the largest earthquake in the last 40 years, probably within seconds.
No doubt the US authorities did send out the appropriate messages, but you have to wonder about the communications and chain of command at the other end.
Whether anything would have saved those on the nearest islands, I doubt.
But some of the West's help must now go on putting procedures in place that get warnings to the beaches in minutes.
A LEADING geologist repeatedly warned Indonesian officials that an earthquake and tsunami would soon strike their shores, it emerged this weekend.