Cost Overrun Early Warning System

Tsunami warnings for those in the know…

Yesterday evening, I happened to catch a blurb from some politico talking head, I can’t recall whom, who uttered something to the effect that spending alot of dollars, gathered of course from the pockets of the unwilling, to install a tsunami warning system out in the world’s oceans, would “possibly avert” a future tsunami disaster of the proportions we have recently been made aware of.

Undoubtedly, such a system would provide a soothing balm to the minds of the world’s leaders, who could then offer this early warning system as a carrot to the masses; you’ll be safe, now, little ones; but as to the system having the ability to possibly avert a future tsunami disaster, I find that difficult to digest.

In fact, I find the calls for spending millions, if not billions, on installing a tsunami early warning system, as fatuous as the B612 Foundation’s lobbying Congress for monies to move asteroids around in space, or Alex Taborrak’s call for monies for an asteroid disaster early warning system.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/07 at 07:22 AM
  1. Of course, tsunami warning systems don’t have to be costly.

    Posted by shonk  on  01/07  at  12:36 PM
  2. Know any tsunami experts, Shonk?

    Posted by John Venlet  on  01/07  at  02:02 PM
  3. Nope.  But I know people who could hack together a program that would alert me if there was a large underwater earthquake in a direct line from my beach, assuming I lived on one (since tsunamis generally only result from seismic activity at 7.5 or higher, this would take care of most cases).

    Admittedly, there would be a lot of false positives, but, then again, there are a lot of false positives in the Pacific Rim system that everyone seems to think is so great, too.  I remember I was in Hawaii ten years ago and there was a major tsunami scare…for a wave that ended up being 18 inches high.

    Posted by shonk  on  01/07  at  02:18 PM
  4. I knew a woman who thought she was a tsunami expert. Turned out she was all wet.

    Seriously, how difficult should it be to realize that when the ground shakes you get the hell away from the water. The earthquake IS the warning. Even your common barnyard animal knows this.

    Posted by RKN  on  01/07  at  03:22 PM

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