U.S. announces $37.5m sea wave warning system
By Our Wire Services
WASHINGTON - The U.S. administration announced a $37.5-million plan Friday to erect a tsunami warning system designed to protect both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the United States by mid-2007.
The plan would quadruple the size of the warning network in the Pacific and erect similar safeguards for the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico coasts, officials of the White House science office said. Operating it would cost about $24.5 million a year.
To help monitor for waves from a tsunami, the plan envisions a network of 38 high-technology buoys, attached to pressure recorders on the ocean floor. Twenty-five buoys would be added to the six now in the Pacific, including two as backups to existing ones off the coast of Alaska.
Five new ones would be installed in the Atlantic Ocean, and two in the Caribbean to provide coverage also for the Gulf of Mexico. None now exists in those areas.
The buoys would be connected to pressure recorders below the ocean floor and data would be relayed by satellite to scientists. The system also would include an expansion of seismic sensors.
I was wondering if this was going to happen. I knew there were some warning system installed in the Pacific after a tsunami ocurred in the Pacific up around Alaska.