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Earthquare? Tsunami? Blame the U.S.

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Tsunami Outrage - USGS Earthquake Monitors Failed To Warn SE Asia Of Impending Tidal Waves

Medford, Oregon - Tsunami - Tidal Wave - Indonesia - The USA has the most sophisticated earthquake monitoring system in the world. A monster earthquake occurred in Indonesia during the Christmas holiday weekend. The USGS failed to issue a warning to coastal countries which were most likely to suffer tsunami destruction from that earthquake. Tens-of-thousands have died. Who is going to accept responsibility for the failure to issue the tsunami warning?

Tidal waves which impacted Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and countries along the African coast have killed tens of thousands.

Why weren't those countries warned? Thousands of sun-bathers on coastal beaches had no warning at all...they just laid on their chaise lounges and grass mats until the waves crashed onto them.

It is monstrously irresponsible for the United States of America to have monitored the 9.0+ Richter scale earthquake in Indonesia from its sophisticated US Geological Service facilities in Denver, Colorado, Hawaii and Alaska, and then failed to warn SE Asian coastal countries of an impending tidal wave disaster. ...

President Bush should fire the director of the US Geological Survey. What??? The director of this federal agency thinks his/her job is an 8am-5pm, 5-day a week job? Why spend $-millions on monitoring equipment and worldwide facilities if we're not going to take our international responsibilities seriously?

Accuracy has never mattered much to the "Blame America First" crowd.

As Kevin reported below, Thailand's meteorological experts had all the warning they needed but decided not to issue a public warning. But it makes a better story to blame America for the "Outrage."

To give you an idea how bad this is... Even Aljazeera cast the U.S. response in a better light:

The U.S. knew about the tsunami

International ocean monitors predicted that a tsunami would likely follow the deadly earthquake that hit the Indian Ocean on Sunday. But they didnt know who to inform.

"We put out a bulletin within 20 minutes, technically as fast as we could do it," said Jeff LaDouce, an official in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

LaDouce noted that they e-mailed Indonesian officials, but said that he wasnt aware what happened after they sent the e-mails.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is an international system of monitoring stations stationed in Hawaii. It monitors the Pacific and warn nearby countries of any expected disasters.

But the problem with Sundays deadly earthquake is that the Indian Ocean isnt guarded by such systems....

AND don't look now, but Reuters is getting its "Experts" out:

Experts: Global warming, pollution add to coastal threats

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- A creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said on Monday.

Few coastal ecosystems are robust enough to withstand freak waves like the ones that slammed into Asian nations from Sri Lanka to Thailand on Sunday, killing more than 22,000 people, after a subsea earthquake off Indonesia.

But global warming, poorly planned coastal development and other threats over which humans have some control are weakening natural defenses ranging from mangrove swamps to coral reefs that help keep the oceans at bay.

"Coasts are under threat in many countries," said Brad Smith at environmental group Greenpeace. "Development of roads, shrimp farms, ribbon development along coasts and tourism are eroding natural defenses in Asia."

Scientists say a build-up of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere from human burning of fossil fuels threatens to trigger more powerful storms and raise sea levels, exposing coasts to more erosion.

Sure "they say" it was an earthquake (wink, wink, nod, nod) but we all really know it is the fossil fuels we burn.

I love this line: "Few coastal ecosystems are robust enough to withstand freak waves like the ones that slammed into Asian nations" Let's review... a 150 foot wall of water moving at over half the speed of sound. How many "coastal ecosystems" can handle that? The answer is none. Mother Nature is a bitch some times.

For the sake of argument, let's give them their point. Let's pretend the seas rose 6 inches in that area... Compared to a 50 foot wall of water? Apparently Reuters' "experts" are bad at math.

Don't worry, by the weekend, the earthquake will be George Bush's fault. Just give the goofballs time.




UPDATE: You can always count on some goofball on daily Kos... in reply to a post about 60,000 people dead:

The evil Bush  has caused more than twice the number of deaths with his brutal crusade for oil in Iraq, and they were all easily preventable.  But we had five felons on the Supremes who violated our constitution and installed this madman in office.

No deaths are easy to take, but the tsunami deaths can not be blamed on anyone.  This is in marked contrast to the deaths in Iraq which can all be laid at Bush's feet.  Now the Chimp will dole out a little miserly aid, and he would not deign to cut down the pomp of his coronation to aid others- he simply doesn't give a damn about anyone else.

Bush is evil- impeach the Chimp

My My- What would Barbara say about this.


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Comments (8)

Uh, the 9.0 earthquake was ... (Below threshold)
julie:

Uh, the 9.0 earthquake was the only warning Indonesia and Thailand needed.

I think I heard a woman scientist connected to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say they telephoned and warned Australia, India, and some other country in those parts.

But admit it. It is Bush's fault. He didn't sign Kyoto!

It is my understanding that... (Below threshold)
IR:

It is my understanding that the INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION GROUP FOR THE TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM IN THE PACIFIC (ICG/ITSU) can only monitor as close as the Pacific Basin. The origin was outside of the Pacific. Therefore, the warning (which came just over an hour after the earthquake) went out to the Pacific Basin as a warning only...Below you can see the actual bulletin. They noted that there is the potential for a Tsunami near the epicenter...

Whether this was passed onto the affected countries can't be documented in this bulletin..unless they are all in receipt of such releases. It would appear as if Indonesia would have received this information since they are an ICGT member state. However, the event was just off their coast...and no one could get the bulletin off in time in their case.

Concerning the other countries...nothing can be discerned...but I'm sure it will come out if actual calls were made. My guess, also, is that Japan has monitoring equip. just as sophisticated as the US...and are closer to the region.


TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0204Z 26 DEC 2004
THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT
ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.
.................. TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ..................
ATTENTION: NOTE REVISED MAGNITUDE.
THIS MESSAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING
OR WATCH IN EFFECT.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME - 0059Z 26 DEC 2004
COORDINATES - 3.4 NORTH 95.7 EAST
LOCATION - OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATERA
MAGNITUDE - 8.5
EVALUATION
REVISED MAGNITUDE BASED ON ANALYSIS OF MANTLE WAVES.
THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC. NO DESTRUCTIVE
TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR THE PACIFIC BASIN BASED ON HISTORICAL
EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.
THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A TSUNAMI NEAR THE EPICENTER.
THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE BULLETINS
FOR ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.
http://www.inel.gov/x-web/other/framed.shtml?http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/

I had geology 101 and I kne... (Below threshold)
julie:

I had geology 101 and I knew about the danger. I was not being facetitious with my comment that no warning was necessary for countries close to the epicenter. And since some countries were not hit until six hours later, their governments had to know what was happening in Indonesia by then. Really, how much effort would it have taken to order people to high ground?

Julie,I'm with you..... (Below threshold)
IR:

Julie,
I'm with you...and I was under the impression that it only took 130 minutes for the outer wave to hit the coast of India...

You can check out the gif animation map put together by Kenji Satake, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan at:
this site


Note the time elapsed on the clock above the animation...
Cheers
IR

Thanks, IR. I heard six hou... (Below threshold)
julie:

Thanks, IR. I heard six hours somewhere. It may have been when it hit Somalia. But with the graphic you posted, even that time frame seems off. Unfortunately, it seems even with a good warning system, lost of life would still be high.

Medford, OR has more than i... (Below threshold)

Medford, OR has more than its share of wackos, as this post proves. We are also known for Harry & David, Jackson & Perkins Roses and my blog Centerpiece. Well, the first two anyway.

I'd just love to know what ... (Below threshold)
David Lazar:

I'd just love to know what Kyoto, any other agreements or any human activity on the surface of the earth has to do with this crap. It's amazing to see and hear the sheer ignorance that surrounds us. The planet has had these shifting plates moving around a bit longer than we've been trashing the place. As for the warnings...how would that have helped? I live in Malaysia and these people don't observe any warnings. The tsunami reached the island of Penang around 1300hrs, that's more than 5 hours after the original quake. The SE Asian knew about it and didn't do anything...typical!!!

The UN prefesses:6... (Below threshold)
Neo:

The UN prefesses:

66. There is no global, comprehensive identification or warning structure
within the United Nations system for geophysical hazards. There is,
however, the hazard-specific Pacific Tsunami Warning System organized by
the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. From the
Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii, the programme monitors seismic
and tidal reporting stations spread among 26 participating countries to
detect and locate earthquakes in the Pacific region which may generate
tsunamis.


http://www.un.org/documents/ga/docs/50/plenary/a50-526.htm




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