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2005-08-23 15:00:22

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to put sensors on oil rigs and weather buoys to spot security threats at sea and may use satellites, unmanned planes and commercial jets to monitor ships as far as 2,000 nautical miles away. Rear Admiral Joseph Nimmich, a top Coast Guard official, said the steps would be part of efforts to thwart any seaborne attacks by al Qaeda or other militant groups by detecting threats early and "moving the...

2005-08-08 17:04:09

(Washington, DC "¢ 08/04/05) "“ Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory - Stennis Space Center (NRL-SSC) measured a record-size ocean wave when the eye of Hurricane Ivan passed over NRL moorings deployed last May in the Gulf of Mexico. The possibility of a super wave is often suggested by anecdotal evidence such as damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004 to an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico that was nearly 80 feet above the ocean surface. Hence, some of the...

2005-07-29 06:31:55

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Disaster early warning towers will be in place across southeast Asia in time for the first anniversary of the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, the United Nations said Friday. The U.N Development Program said it would build five equipment-packed monitoring towers off the coasts of Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines with the help of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). The $500,000 project should minimise the risk of...

2005-02-13 11:15:41

KOBE, Japan (AP) -- Hawaii is among the most tsunami-ready places in the world. When an alert is issued, beachside sirens go off and urgent messages are flashed on television and broadcast on radio. Evacuation maps on telephone book covers point people to higher ground. But most of the time, no damaging tsunami hits the shore. The Pacific Ocean early warning system's high false alarm rate - estimated at 75 percent - is getting more attention these days as experts and nations work to extend...

2005-01-06 07:54:07

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is moving on several fronts toward a global tsunami warning system following the Asian catastrophe. A design is emerging from the State Department's Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN) for protecting huge populations in coastal areas, and will be presented to the United Nations-sponsored World Conference on Disaster Reduction this month in Kobe, Japan. Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., is proposing legislation to have the National Oceanic and...

2005-01-04 08:25:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A tsunami warning system could be built in the Indian Ocean in just a year and cost as little as $20 million, a scientist said Tuesday. But experts warn the high-tech network of sensors and buoys would be useless unless countries like Indonesia beef up communications links to the coastal communities that would be hit by giant waves. Many coastal villages that bore the brunt of last month's earthquake and tsunami lack modern communication networks. Many don't even...

2004-12-30 08:24:14

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. weather chief called Wednesday for a global surveillance system to detect and forecast disasters like tsunamis, hoping the tragedy in Asia will build the political resolve to buy and deploy equipment. "It just hasn't happened, it hasn't gotten enough priority inside of each nation to support it," Conrad C. Lautenbacher, a retired Navy vice admiral who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. "It's a matter of priorities...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'