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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...

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2005-01-20 15:44:48

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Scientists predict killer tsunamis could strike the Caribbean, which lacks a warning system even though its seabed is gouged by some of the world's deepest trenches, where the giant waves can be generated by tectonic activity, and its low-lying islands are heavily populated along their coastlines. The last tsunami struck the Caribbean in 1946, before island populations skyrocketed, major construction dotted shorelines and the region developed into a prized...

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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...

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2005-01-04 08:31:16

EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) -- For scientists at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the world's most powerful earthquake happened below the wrong ocean. They sat by helplessly when an 9.0-magntiude quake underneath the Indian Ocean last week touched off a series of tsunamis that killed more than 139,000 people in southern Asia and Africa. There were no instruments, such as tide gauges that measure sea levels, set up there to let them know what waves were on the way. With the instruments, the...

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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...


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