Tsunami victims sue

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    Pacific Center Sued Over Tsunami Warning

    1 hour, 29 minutes ago U.S. National - AP

    HONOLULU - Tsunami survivors and relatives of victims have sued the federal agency that operates the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, alleging the center did not do enough to warn people about the disaster.

    The lawsuit was filed last week in New York federal court by a plaintiffs group that includes at least 58 European survivors and family members of victims.

    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center monitors seismic and ocean conditions in the Pacific Basin and issues warnings to member nations. It is based on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

    NOAA officials refused to comment on the complaint but have previously said the center was not set up to warn nations outside the Pacific rim.

    A Dec. 26 earthquake caused the massive tsunami that killed at least 166,000 people in 11 countries on the Indian Ocean.
     
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    Ungrateful miscreants.
     
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    to what degree does the NOAA have ANY allegiance or responsibility for anyone/anything outside of US territorial waters?
     
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    something else to clog the courts with
     
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    They have responsibility to the member countries. Several countries became members of this, they have systems in place to warn those particular countries of Tsunamis. However they have no system in place to warn countries that are not members and have no legal requirement to do so.
     
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    Sounds to me like they are just going after the coutry with the most money. :usa:
     
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    Absolutely. Ambulance-chasing at its finest. Go after the bastard with the deepest pockets. I understand that research facilities are going to start using lawyers instead of lab rats. Staff members are finding that they become too attatched to the rats.
     

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