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Scientists Cleverly Use Cargo Ships For New Tsunami Warning System…and more

Scientists Cleverly Use Cargo Ships For New Tsunami Warning System

The R.J. Pfeiffer, a Matson container ship, pulls into Honolulu Harbor Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002. The ship left the west coast before the docks shut down in a labor dispute. The container ship will be the last to dock in Hawaii until the labor dispute is resolved. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)

The R.J. Pfeiffer, a Matson container ship, pulls into Honolulu Harbor Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002. The ship left the west coast before the docks shut down in a labor dispute. The container ship will be the last to dock in Hawaii until the labor dispute is resolved. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman)

Sometimes public-private partnerships make so much sense you wonder why they didn’t happen sooner. When it comes to understanding and predicting tsunamis, a long-standing difficulty has been collecting real-time data from the deep ocean. While some deep-ocean sensors are out there, there aren’t many and they’re expensive, limiting scientists’ ability to detect tsunamis and accurately assess their threats. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose job it is to provide tsunami warnings, has found a fix by teaming up with folks already out there in the deep ocean all the time: commercial shipping companies…

 

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World Tsunami Awareness Day welcome boost for disaster risk reduction – UN official

The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today welcomed the resolution adopted by the General Assembly recognizing 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day. “Many disasters would not happen and many lives and livelihoods would be saved if there was greater public awareness of the threats posed by natural hazards such as tsunamis,” Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in a statement, welcoming the designation of the day as a “welcome step.” “It will help to focus attention on measures which can be taken to reduce risks from both man-made and natural hazards and to ensure that more people live and work in places which are free from the threat not just of tsunamis…

 

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