Developing Tsunami-Resilient Communities

Developing Tsunami-Resilient Communities

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As the world grieves over the catastrophic loss of humanity from the 26 December 2004 tsunami, we must resolve to learn from naturea€™s lessons. This issue provides a framework and a set of tools to develop communities that are resilient to tsunami. This collection of papers represents a starting point on our new journey toward a safer world. The history of tsunami hazard mitigation tracks well with the history of destructive tsunamis in the United States. Following the 1946 Alaska g- erated tsunami that killed 173 people in Hawaii, the Paci?c Tsunami Warning Center was established in Hawaii by a predecessor agency to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Following the 1960 Chilean tsunami that killed 1, 000 people in Chile, 61 in Hawaii, and 199 in Japan, the United States formed the Joint Tsunami Research E?ort (JTRE) and sta?ed the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) in Hawaii. JTRE was formed to conduct research on tsunamis while ITIC, sponsored by the United Nations, was formed to coordinate tsunami warning e?orts of the Paci?c Countries. Many research and mitigation e?orts were focused on the distant tsunami problem. Following the 1964 Alaskan t- nami that killed 117 in Alaska, 11 in California, and 4 in Oregon, the U. S. was confronted with the local tsunami problem. In response, the U. S. established the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. In 1992, a Ms 7.Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN). NWS offices also disseminate these messages over NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). The EAS is activated through the NWS forecast offices and/or the state departments of emergency services.

Title:Developing Tsunami-Resilient Communities
Author:E.N. Bernard
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2005-12-05


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