Saturday, 22 March 2008 4:49 AM

Tsunami Detectors Positioned in the Region

Two tsunami detection buoys were positioned in the region earlier this month, completing the U.S tsunami warning network.

As reported by Desastres.org (www.desastres.org), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the two buoys were positioned in the region to provide 'real-time data about destructive waves that could threaten Hawaii, the U.S. territories in the Pacific, the West Coast and Pacific Rim nations'.

They were deployed off the Solomon Islands and along with other tsunami stations, 'consist of a bottom pressure sensor anchored to the sea floor and a companion moored surface buoy. Acoustic and satellite links relay the data to NOAA'.

According to the report, the NOAA has expanded the buoy network from 'six in the eastern Pacific to 39 across the Pacific and Atlantic' following the South Asia tsunami in 2004 that took so many lives.
'Tsunami stations are now positioned between Hawaii and every seismic zone that could generate a tsunami affecting the United States'.

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