Many more have not been found. Let's just hope they are still alive.
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The prediction of earthquakes is still an evolving science. It is not quite at the level of, for instance, meteorology but perhaps more along the lines of tornado prediction. There may be indicators of a potential earthquake within the next five years and a quake may not occur for the next 20 years. Similarly, there might be little indication of an impending earthquake before one occurs.
I do wonder why nobody could sense this very strong earthquake before hand.
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Posted 27 December 2004 - 11:08 PM
Tsunami alert centre unable to help
From correspondents in Los Angeles
December 28, 2004
AN alert centre in Hawaii that warns Pacific countries about approaching tsunamis detected the earthquake that generated killer waves across Asia, but had no way of raising the alarm.
The absence of an alert system in Asia meant the information could not be sent out fast enough to save any of the more than 23,000 lives that were lost in the catastrophe.
“We did what we could to warn Asian nations of the likelihood of a tsunami,” said Charles McCreery of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, adding that the centre did not have direct contacts with Indian Ocean nations.
The centre, set up by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1949 after a huge wave killed 159 people in Hawaii, tried desperately to warn Asian nations through US embassies in their capitals.
“From our instruments we can detect any large earthquake in the Pacific, usually within two to three minutes of the occurrence of the earthquake, and warn any country that is threatened,” he said.
The centre issued a bulletin at 0114 GMT when it detected the temblor off the coast of Indonesia, but with no early warning system in place in Asia, scientists had no choice but to begin working their phones.
“We knew that the whole coast of Sumatra was capable of large, damaging earthquakes and large tsunamis,” said US Geological Survey geophysicist Ken Hudnut.
“There was sufficient time between the time of the quake and the time of the tsunamis hitting some of the affected areas to have saved many lives, if a proper warning system had been in place,” he told AFP.
The NOAA's information bulletin said there was a possibility of a tsunami near the earthquake's epicentre, but that no destructive threat existed in the Pacific.
But huge tidal waves swept across the Indian Ocean killing at least 23,000 people in nine countries from Indonesia to Somalia.
The tsunami is believed to be the first in the Indian Ocean since 1883, possibly explaining why coastal inhabitants of the region were so unprepared for the disaster.
“Because they are such a rare occurrence, perhaps the tradition of warning about the hazards of tsunamis is no longer handed down from generation to generation,” Hudnut said.
Records dating back to 1509 show that Indian Ocean tsunamis have never hit more than one place at one time, Eddie Bernard , director of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, told The Wall Street Journal.
“There do not seem to be any tsunamis that were Indian Ocean-wide,” Bernard said.
There are almost no tsunami alert systems for the Indian Ocean to give populations sufficient time to flee the deadly waves, the NOAA said.
The International Tsunami Information Centre was created in 1965 as part of UNESCO, the UN science and education agency, to better prepare Pacific countries against the giant waves.
The United States has a second tsunami-warning centre in Alaska that was established in 1967, following a 1964 earthquake that unleashed a tsunami responsible for 122 deaths.
The US tsunami centres get information from the National Data Buoy Centre, whose network of buoys measure the size of waves.
US earthquake experts say that in an age of booming international travel and tourism, people all over the world should be aware of what to do in the case of a major earthquake that could spawn a tsunami.
“People who spend any time at all -- even vacations -- in coastal communities should know that when there is a major quake they should make their way to high ground as quickly as possible because a tsunami could soon follow,” Hudnut said.
“Being prepared for such calamities is part of being a savvy traveller,” he said.
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So why not open your wallets and send the poor b********s some money?
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