Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tsunami Warning System Heart Attack


And it didn't help that an international computerized system, designed for relief agencies to figure out if they needed to respond, had a computer failure that caused it to pooh-pooh the tsunami's wrath initially.

I've kept an informal tally, and every single warning system breaks down when it is needed. Why is that? Are warning systems designed by Power People? Is there a political component? Is it the fact they are always centralized, in the most comfy places for seismologists?

I think it's because they design for a linear input, and an earthquake hits with massive exponentials. I wonder if any system will ever work.

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