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UN Chief stresses value of disaster preparation on first World Tsunami Day

07.11.2016 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of yesterday, while speaking on the occasion of the the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day (to be celebrated Nov 5 annually), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said although tsunamis are rare, failing to prepare for them could exact a heavy price, UN Radio reports. It is to be admitted, tsunamis are series of waves that can reach as high as 100 feet (30.5 metres), and are extremely destructive. They have killed more than 250,000 people in 20 countries over the past two decades. As to the report, Ban admitted that the World Tsunami Day commemorates the day in 1854 when a Japanese village leader improvised an early warning system — setting fire to rice sheaves — to alert people to an approaching tsunami. As to Ban, the early warning systems have become more sophisticated with time, including in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. More than 220,000 people died in that tragedy, which led to the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. Besides, Ban also said tsunamis can also threaten major infrastructure, citing the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami within Mar 2011, which claimed many lives, left many more homeless and triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The World Tsunami Awareness Day, therefore, serves as a reminder of the importance of reducing current and future levels of risk, Ban stated.

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