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Monday 10 January 2005

US to help set up tsunami early warning system in Indian Ocean

The United States is keen to help set up an international tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean where giant waves crushed coastlines from Malaysia to Africa on Dec. 26, an official has said.

An international early warning system in the region would be more effective than individual national systems in reducing the effects of tsunamis on lives and properties, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James A. Kelly told reporters after visiting coastal villages in Kota Kuala Muda which were the hardest hit in Kedah state by the tsunami. The tsunami on Dec. 26 last year was triggered by a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Aceh of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Read the Full Article at Xinhua (via ReliefWeb)
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