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Tonga Fails to Receive Tsunami Alert

Minutes after an earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Tonga, tsunami warnings began to radiate to countries as far away as Fiji and New Zealand by phone, e-mail and fax. But in the island country closest to the epicenter, where the danger of a giant wave was greatest, the news never came. Though a major tsunami never materialized after Thursday’s quake, the communication failure raised troubling questions about the effectiveness of such alerts, which have come under global scrutiny since an earthquake-driven tsunami in the Indian Ocean nearly 18 months ago left at least 216,000 dead or missing. Full Story

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