How Tsunami Science Has Advanced Since 2004 Tragedy

December 26, 2014 7:10 PM

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The Indian Ocean tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, was one of the worst natural disasters in history, killing 243,000 people in South Asia and East Africa with little to no warning. Ten years later, expanded networks of seismic monitors and ocean buoys are on the alert for the next killer wave.

But hurdles remain in saving lives of everyone facing a tsunami threat. In 2004, tsunami waves approached coastal Indonesia just nine minutes after the massive magnitude-9.1 earthquake stopped shaking, said Mike Angove, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tsunami program.

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