Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Tsunami underscores need for U.N., UNESCO agencies

Decatur Daily Editorial

"An Asian tragedy serves as a reminder we cannot take earthquake monitors for granted.

"An earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean triggered tidal waves that killed tens of thousands of people. Many more will likely die from starvation and water-borne diseases in the weeks to come.

"The agency that warns many countries of earthquakes and other geological incidents that trigger tsunamis is the International Tsunami Information Center, based in Honolulu. The agency is one of the many golden eggs laid by the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization."

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