hey tou4u it's americas fault

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    Still saying that are you fool;

    Thailand has fired its chief meteorologist and opened an investigation into why his department failed to issue a tsunami warning last month which might have saved thousands of lives.

    "When a quake measured at 8.9-9.0 on the Richter scale struck in Sumatra, it was widely known tsunami can happen," Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said.

    "But why weren't there any alerts? I really want to know the truth."

    A day after deadly waves devastated the country's Andaman Sea coast, the Meteorological Department's chief, Suparerk Tansriratanawong said Thailand had not been hit by a tsunami in more than 300 years and had no reason to expect one.

    But the English-language Nation newspaper quoted an unnamed member of the department last week as saying a tsunami alert was not issued for fear of hurting the important tourist industry at the peak season if it turned out to be false.

    During the investigation, to be led by Information and Communications Technology Minister Surapong Suebwonglee, Mr Suparerk will help set up a national early warning system for all natural disasters, a government spokesman said.

    No Asian country issued a warning of the December 26 tsunami.

    Hotels on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast were packed when the tsunami hit, killing more than 5,100 people, including more than 2,400 foreign tourists.

    Dave R.
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