Found this a few minutes ago purely by accident. I've already mentioned in another thread about the NOAA warning system issuing tsunami watches for
Indonesia. But the watches were canceled and subsequently followed by this statement:
THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING
THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
So, today I find this....
Read the whole article here
Villagers in Indonesia were deprived of an advanced alert that a tsunami was heading towards them because part of an early warning system had been
vandalised, an Indonesian official said.
The revelation came as video footage from the Mentawai islands revealed the extent of the damage.
Rescuers have warned that the death toll from the tsunami is likely to climb. Hundreds of missing people are believed to have been swept away.
Ridwan Jamaluddin, from the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, told the BBC's Indonesian service that two buoys
lying off the Mentawai islands were out of service when the tsunami struck.
"We don't say they are broken down but they were vandalised and the equipment is very expensive," he said. "It cost us 5bn rupiah (£353,000)
It is unclear how the damage was caused.
So there are two distinct issues in my mind at present:
1. NOAA knew, but backed off and didn't do anything. I don't mean to demonize them, as I'm sure it's nothing but international politics at play,
but over 370 people are dead or missing from the tsunami. This doesn't include the volcanic eruption.
2. Two buoys, not one but two, were not working properly. They deliberately state the buoys were vandalized.
I don't want to form a theory - I couldn't if I tried, because I simply don't have enough information. But something is not right about this AT
ALL. People need to know, and as much as I've had the news on over the past several days, I've seen ONE quick report on the volcanic ash. That's
it. Admittedly, I've not been glued to the television, but still, what is going on in this part of the world is phenomenal!
Within a span of a few days time (all of which, except the mega typhoon, occurring within 24 hours):
1. A mega typhoon forms and sweeps up through Asia, killing people in it's path.
2. A 7.7 earthquake hits in the same area that caused the massive tsunami in Sumatra that killed over 200,000 people.
3. A 3-meter high tsunami is triggered, without warning, and sweeps away entire villages in Indonesia.
4. Mt. Merapi erupts, spews hot ash and kills dozens of people.
5. ANOTHER typhoon forms and sweeps up towards Japan (which is happening right now)
By my count, one more event should take place, since I'm of the belief that things always occur in sets of 3's. There are only five there. But
that's just an unrelated notion on my part. Apart from that, I can't help but wonder if this is a microcosm of what other parts of the world will
experience in days to come. Bam, bam, bam! It's like all the elements are pissed off at the same time, and they're pitching on the same team, but
nobody's holding the bat.