Tsunami disaster of Sri Lanka, its uniqueness, affect, and some damage mitigation possibilities

Perera, L. Kithsiri (2005) Tsunami disaster of Sri Lanka, its uniqueness, affect, and some damage mitigation possibilities. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, 5 (3). pp. 112-118. ISSN 1513-6728


Sri Lanka was the first country that was contacted by the US tsunami-warning center, Hawaii, when the tsunami was devastating the coastal areas of Indian Ocean (WEB ref. 01). But, due to lack of well-coordinated communication among countries, Sri Lanka, India, or even Sudan (Northeast Africa) did not receive tsunami warning with enough time to take necessary action (WEB ref. 02.) On the other hand, there was no well-established natural disaster warning system in these countries. Also these countries have had no disastrous tsunami in living memories December 26th, 2005 tsunami caused a massive damage and killed tens of thousands of people and opened new research fields to conduct studies in tsunami risk mitigation. This article describes some early observations of tsunami damage using field photographs, satellite images, and digital maps of the affected area, focusing on the conditions of Sri Lanka

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Asian Remote Sensing Research Information Network.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 02:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: disaster management; early warning system; natural disaster; risk mitigation
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040604 Natural Hazards
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080606 Global Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8057

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