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Friday 21 January 2005

Warning System Agreed For Tsunami

BEIJING, Jan. 21 -- Officials from around the world meeting in Japan agreed on Thursday to establish a tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean within 12 to 18 months.

The pledge came from a United Nations-sponsored conference on disaster prevention in Kobe, Japan. Salvano Briceno, director of the U.N.'s disaster reduction body outlined the proposed timeline: "We've estimated with a technical institution that in the matter of a year, at latest 18 months, there should be a basic regional capacity on tsunami early warning."

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Anonymous Anonymous said :

It is a good idea to have some form of a natural calamity warning system which includes tsunamis. Probably, all lives will be saved. But not the immovable properties like the houses or a plantations, as we have seen how the waves just washed everything away. People have to be alert to such systems. They may be used to a quiet peaceful idealic kind of life that if there is a warning, they might not react as quickly as they should. Nobody, not even the greatest scientists around, expected such a bad situation. So, the speed of response to a situation no matter how insignificant, determines the outcome.

Sat Jan 22, 10:43:00 pm IST