Lieberman asks for more sensor buoys in oceans

Sen. Joseph L. Lieberman (D-Conn.)

An extensive, $30 million tsunami warning system proposed earlier this month by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) would place several dozen deep-water sensor buoys in the Atlantic and Indian oceans to augment the six now operated in the Pacific by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, plus one operated by Chile.

Lieberman's Global Tsunami Detection and Warning System Act would make the State and Commerce departments responsible for filling in the gaps to detect tsunamis worldwide.

The bill calls for building a real-time Tsunami Forecasting System in cooperation with other coastal nations and international organizations. In addition, it would establish U.S. measurement, forecasting and communication systems at NOAA's existing Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Center.

Meanwhile, NOAA announced late last week it will expand its tsunami detection and warning network.

NOAA would deploy 32 new deep-ocean buoys, providing full coverage for U.S. coastal areas, plus regions bordering half the world's oceans.

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