Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tsunami Warning System Set

Residents of the West Coast and Hawaii should feel good about this news. According to Government Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched the last two tsunami-detection buoys to warn U.S. residents of approaching tsunamis:

NOAA deployed the final two tsunami detection buoys in the South Pacific this week, completing the buoy network and bolstering the U.S. tsunami warning system. This vast network of 39 stations provides coastal communities in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico with faster and more accurate tsunami warnings.

These final two deep-ocean assessment and reporting of tsunami (DART) stations, deployed off the Solomon Islands, will give NOAA forecasters real-time data about tsunamis that could potentially impact the U.S. Pacific coast, Hawaii and U.S. Pacific territories.
Then again, buoys near the Solomon Islands wouldn't provide warning if an earthquake struck near to the U.S. coast. There is some evidence that this might be possible in the Pacific Northwest.

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