Didn’t you know this was coming….
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:
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:
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.