early warning process set up
In a hi-tech arrangement that might have saved thousands of lives
if it existed earlier, Sri Lanka was yesterday given immediate information
of a 6.5 degree intensity earthquake in the seas off Sumatra.
information came from the highly advanced tsunami early warning
centre in Hawaii through the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington and
the US embassy in Colombo, diplomatic sources said yesterday. The
warning about yesterday's earthquake was given to the Sri Lanka
Navy around 2 p.m. and it is intended to prevent false alarms, rumour-mongering
and the panic that flows from it.
arrangement will maintain till an advanced tsunami early warning
system is set up for Sri Lanka and other countries in the Indian
is now confirmed that the Hawaii centre had advanced information
of a devastating tsunami being triggered by the high-intensity seaquake
off Sumatra on fateful December 26, but they could not properly
communicate it to decision-makers in Sri Lanka and other countries
in the region.