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2007-02-10 17:50:54

TOKYO -- Japan launched a satellite-based alert system Friday that will instantly send warnings of tsunamis and updates on volcanic activity to help speed evacuations, an emergency official said. Japan consistently experiences about 10 percent of the world's magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes, which if underwater can trigger tsunamis, according to Meteorological Agency data. The country also has 108 active volcanoes - about 10 percent of the world's total. Under the system, called "J-ALERT,"...

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2006-11-22 19:20:00

PITTSBURGH -- Researchers are hoping to develop a network of ocean-floor and mobile sensors that would help detect tsunamis in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The low-cost devices would complement existing deep-water tsunami-detection buoys, providing measurements and analysis of seismic movements more quickly and accurately than the buoys alone, said Louise Comfort, a University of Pittsburgh professor working on the project. They would offer greater coverage of the oceans by filling in large...

2006-08-15 00:10:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia in the Banda sea area on Tuesday, an official at the national earthquake center said, but there were no reports of damage or a tsunami. "There was a quake in Banda sea at 10:05 a.m. Jakarta time (0305 GMT)," said Fauzi at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (MGA). "There is no potential tsunami and also no damage." The U.S. Geological Survey put the earthquake's magnitude at a strong 6.1 and at a depth of 39 km (24...

2005-10-16 03:04:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake jolted Tokyo and its vicinity on Sunday afternoon, causing buildings in the capital to shake, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 and was centred in southern Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo. The earthquake's focus was 40 km (25 miles) underground. The quake set off alarms in convenience stores and left displays of...

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2005-09-10 09:42:00

HONOLULU (AP) -- University of Hawaii scientists want to study how local residents and authorities would respond to the state's tsunami siren warning system in the event a killer wave was approaching the islands. The study aims to identify the best way to educate residents about official warnings and teach them about natural signs preceding a tsunami, such as earthquakes and extreme tidal changes. Emergency management officials have "overrated" the public's level of preparedness and...

2005-08-20 21:42:04

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 jolted northern Japan on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK said. The quake occurred at 11:29. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

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2005-08-05 06:45:00

PERTH -- Indian Ocean nations agreed on Friday to share real-time seismic data, despite some security sensitivities, and to set up seven regional tsunami warning centers instead of one. The agreements were announced at the end of the inaugural meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in the western Australian city of Perth. India has dropped its initial reluctance to sharing real-time seismic data, said Harsh Gupta, who...

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...

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2005-07-18 19:44:03

VENTURA, Calif. -- The tiny wave generated by a major undersea earthquake off the far Northern California coast last month revealed large gaps in how ready communities hugging the Pacific shoreline are for a true tsunami threat. Although the alert was canceled about an hour after blaring sirens warned some towns of a could-be killer wave that never arrived, the effects of the magnitude-7.2 quake are still rattling emergency planners. Some residents received no warning on the evening of June...

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2005-03-29 07:32:55

EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) -- Tsunami experts could not understand why Monday's forceful earthquake off Indonesia failed to produce massive waves similar to those generated by the Dec. 26 quake that killed at least 175,000 people in the same region. A magnitude 8.7 quake shook Indonesia's west coast, killing hundreds of people and spreading panic that another devastating tsunami was on the way. There was no tsunami, but a small wave was detected by a tide gauge on Cocos Island near Australia,...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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