Navigation Links
The Lurking Tsunami: Are We Ready?

"The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it"

……..Homer in 'Smyrns of Chios'//

On the fateful morning of the 26th of December 2004, giant killer waves struck the Indian coastline, wrecking havoc that was unprecedented in both its severity and impact. These waves, otherwise known as the Tsunami, was the most devastating that history has witnessed, and left behind an agonizing trail of death and destruction. It was triggered by an earthquake of the magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale, which had originated off Sumatra, in the Indonesian Archipelago.

The 'Tsunami', meaning 'waves' in Japanese, is a series of large ocean waves, caused by an underwater activity, like an earthquake, volcanic eruption or a landslide, which displaces a large body of water. In the open sea, these waves measure up to 15 cms and are of no consequence, but on heading landward, their speed diminishes as they assume gigantic proportions to conserve the total energy. They unleash their fury on reaching the land, and destroy everything within their reach.

The Tsunami normally occurs in the Pacific Ocean, and Hawaii, a pacific island, is at the greatest risk for it. Although considered a relatively rare event, the Tsunamis have claimed thousands of lives worldwide and impacted the existence of millions. Damage to properties along coastal cities has been accounted to be worth several million US dollars.

As a phenomenon alien to the region, the catastrophic giant waves took the Indian sub-continent completely unawares. The southern states of India were the worst affected. The Government has sanctioned funds to the tune of 1127 crore for relief and rehabilitation activities. The Rural Development Department, along with several NGOs, coordinated with a network of functionaries and performed a commendable task to put the affected back on the road of recovery.

It has become increasingly clear that there i s no room for complacency.To be forewarned is to be forearmed,and India can soon boast of her own Tsunami warning system, by 2007, that will enable the home ministry to get a warning within 10 minutes of an earth quake. The Government has set aside Rs.1250 million for the project.

So now that India's warning system is soon to be in place, can we afford to be laid- back? It would be foolish to underestimate the Tsunami's potential to wipe out civilizations. Steps should also be taken to formulate a broader framework of policies on disaster management.

Sustained efforts in creating public awareness, preparedness training in high-risk zones, educating the public on mitigation or risk reduction and creating natural disaster insurance policies are some of the immediate steps that need to be taken to soften the impact of similar disasters and to salvage lost grounds.

"We do not expect disaster until we have specific reason to expect it – and when we encounter it we are free to fight it"

……Ayn Rnd

Related medicine news :

1. Dangers Lurking in Soft, Cuddly Toys
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as reported by ... lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to infest common ... the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice are a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of ... award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , ... Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to ... , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there ... my other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for ... $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same ... wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, ... economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered ... already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen ... and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical ... that Bill Messer has joined the ... further leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , June 24, 2016 ... a set of recommendations that would allow ... information (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage ... determine the "value" of new medicines. The ... that does not appear on the drug label, a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... --  Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ), ... today that it was added to the Russell Microcap ... set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June ... for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert Clarke ... in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: