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Saturday 8 January 2005

Sri Lanka’s tsunami sensor not repaired since 2003

The tsunami-warning equipment gifted to Sri Lankan by Japan had been out of order since August 2003, and the authorities had not bothered to repair it, says disaster management expert Dr Ranijth Premalal De Silva.

"Sri Lanka does not need new equipment. It already has the necessary equipment at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, gifted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. But the equipment had broken down in August 2003, and not repaired since then. A power failure had corrupted the software.

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Anonymous Anonymous said :

This sensor was not a "Tsunami Sensor." It was never intended nor capable of sensing tsunamis nor warning Sri Lankans about tsunamis.

Sat Jan 08, 03:16:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Wolfgang Harrer's German Tsunami-Blog (@ZDF-TV) presents a very different picture of this story in the Hindustan Times. He asked this University in Sri Lanka for their version of the story and published their letter in his commentary field.

Sun Jan 09, 12:35:00 PM IST