Cuts To Tsunami Program Could Delay West Coast Wave Warnings

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The White House is proposing $4.6 million in cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for tsunami programs, including a $1 million cut for the 39 high-tech buoys that transmit confirmation a tsunami is on the way.

Last March both Santa Cruz and Crescent City harbors sustained $58 million in damage from surging waves set off by the Japanese earthquake that produced a devastating tsunami.

“It’s a bad place to be cutting,” said Dr. John Orcutt, a professor of geophysics at the Scripps Institute. He said it’s like turning off your smoke detector to save money.

West Coast Wave Warnings Could Be Delayed With Cuts To Tsunami Program
“There’s a lot of attention at the time of these very large events, but then government attention decays quite rapidly,” Orcutt said.

The proposed budget also would cut back funding for tsunami education programs and coordination systems for west coast states.

  • LiberalButConservative

    Hope everyone on the shore can run faster than the wave

  • Norman Sleep

    Cutting education is idiocy. It is essential to run to high ground from low-lying areas if (1) the earthquake is big enough to feel or (2) the sea rapidly starts to move in or out. Dangerous local tsunamis reach the coast minutes after the seismic waves. Such events do occur off California. There is no time to wait for official warnings.

    Norman Sleep

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