When a tsunami killed 230,000 people in Southeast Asia in December 2004, the insured losses neared $4 billion.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says one the primary factors contributed to unprecedented loss of life was the lack of an effective international warning system. With this in mind, the United States has accelerated preparation for a potential tsunami along the U.S. coastline and efforts to build partnerships for an international warning program.
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