NOAA Says Cuts Won’t Affect Tsunami Alerts

March 6, 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the cuts planned for its tsunami warning network won’t affect emergency alerts.

That agency has issued a rebuttal of accusations levied by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that NOAA acknowledges the $4.6 million in cuts will reduce its ability to maintain tsunami buoys at sea. But the agency says the buoys are needed only to confirm a tsunami, not issue warnings.

NOAA says it will continue to operate what it calls “the most mission-critical tsunami activities” and says that includes full funding to operate the tsunami warning centers, among other activities.

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