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How Could a Massive Tsunami Strike without Warning?

On the 26th of December, 2004, a massive tsunami struck coastal areas of the Indian Ocean. No one knew the tsunami was racing toward land, traveling around 500 miles per hour.

Although other coastal areas, like the Pacific Rim, had tsunami-warning systems in place on that day, the Indian Ocean did not.

Why do you think there was no tsunami-warning system to in place to alert people living in the Indian-Ocean area of a potential catastrophe?

Is there any reason, you can think of, to explain how it could be that people in the 21st Century were unprotected by something as important as a tsunami-warning system?


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