Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Solomon Disaster Exposes Earthquake Monitoring System Weaknesses

Two years before a deadly earthquake-triggered tsunami pummeled the Solomon Islands, scientist Fred Taylor's request for U.S. funds to set up a Pacific seismic monitoring network was flatly rejected.

Then there is Phil Cummins of Geoscience Australia, who is still waiting for money from his government to help train South Pacific officials to study corals for clues to the region's tsunami history.

Experts say Taylor's and Cummins' cases underscore a larger problem: a failure by donors, nongovernment and international agencies to finance the science needed to build an accurate record of Asia-Pacific earthquake and tsunami activity.

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