Tsunami Warnings

US looks to develop global tsunami warning system

Congress is working on a plan for a global tsunami warning system. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut wants the United States to build a 30 million-dollar network of buoys, wave gauges and seismic sensors and spend seven and a-half  million dollars a year to maintain it. Such a system exists only in the Pacific Ocean, but it was useless in warning of the devastating tsunami that followed magnitude nine earthquake in the Indian Ocean on December 26th. Lieberman's bill calls for expanding the Pacific system and adding similar ones in the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.