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Tara Wright
Forget voter IDs..let's check IQ's instead!
09:57 AM on 03/12/2011
I mentioned earlier about the early-warning system in place in Japan, and several people commented insisting that no such warning system exists for earthquakes, even though numerous reports mentioned it yesterday, as well as the special on 20/20 last night going into detail regarding it. Here is a quote from just one story I could find about it:

"And we're also getting word that the Japanese were given a heads up about the quake. An early-warn­ing earthquake system apparently worked, with a warning message appearing on national TV, radio as well as mobile phone screens.

Similarly, a reverse-91­1 system kicked into action in California­, where a tsunami warning was issued this morning. "

Source: http://abc­local.go.c­om/wabc/st­ory?sectio­n=news&id=­8008453

The special on 20/20 went into great detail about this early warning system, but it was for the earthquake­.....NOT the tsunami. A number of outlets reported it. Certain factories were able to close down and avoid a much greater catastroph­e because of it. I don't know why people are arguing that it doesn't exist.
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Astrazoic
09:53 AM on 03/12/2011
Accusations against scientists by those who don't understand science is so common it is becoming ridiculous.
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HazelPethigFan
I don't know until I know
09:58 AM on 03/12/2011
agreed.
11:13 AM on 03/12/2011
My thoughts precisely! :)
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HazelPethigFan
I don't know until I know
09:43 AM on 03/12/2011
"Some press reports have criticized seismologists for failing to forecast the force and location of the magnitude-8.9 earthquake"

Has HPost turned into FoxNews with their "some people say" statements?

This HPost article is nonsense. No scientist could accurately predict this. Hpost seems to be anti-science most of the time except for global warming because that is a political issue.
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JrayTo
09:43 AM on 03/12/2011
What's not a surprise is seeing an article like this post-facto.
09:41 AM on 03/12/2011
Well, we can predict hurricanes and where did that get the victims of Hurricane Katrina??
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09:39 AM on 03/12/2011
Creation hasn't finished yet. This is day eight!
09:36 AM on 03/12/2011
It occurs to me that the phenomenon of greater monitoring sensitivity leading to the misperception that monitored things are happening more often, is why our news sources have become so hyperactive, hypersensitive and polarized. The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars...
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spitfiredd
My micro-bio has got it going on.
09:33 AM on 03/12/2011
Let's just all jack into a computer simulated world right now and live a false reality since "real world" is too scary...
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Wanderland
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09:29 AM on 03/12/2011
I often see complaints about HP articles and misleading headlines, and I often complain about it, myself. But this article was truthful and it did answer the question in the headline, "not at this time."

Most people aren't earth scientists or scientifically inclined lay people. Good article, HP. Now I wish you'd start a science category, and not shove all the sciencey stuff in "green" and "religion."
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dirkessgently
Am I right, or am I right?--the Singing Detective
09:26 AM on 03/12/2011
Oh, tyurning to science for answers. I thought science was "just a faith".
09:26 AM on 03/12/2011
Thanks Captain Hindsight
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PARepublican
Former Democrat, until I started working!
09:14 AM on 03/12/2011
NO, that is why they build their buildings to withstand earthquakes.
I don't think anyone was surprised.