What lessons can be learned from the terrible disaster which struck Asia on December 26th 2004 ? Especially is it possible to have early warning systems in place & save lives should such an event happen again ?
It is true there has been much research done & systems set up to give early warning – However there can be problems with man made devices ; a tropical storm could put fine tuned technology out of action ; generators can be destroyed by flooding , etc .
I recently visited a relative who mentioned that in a recent disaster no animals died . Whilst another asked : ” What happened to the animals ? ” Up to then i had not thought about animals in disaster areas but it brought to mind the “St Helena ” volcano eruption some years ago when some tourists had died but no animals .
A report described the frantic rush of aimals & other creatures away from the volcano effected area . This exodus , included snakes ; insects & birds – leaving an eerie silence some HOURS before the final explosion which killed the tourists.
Further research shows that there is an immense body of information , giving compelling evidence that early warning of impending disasters is given by wild life . The following account relates to the tsunami of 2004 .
Early warning in action . There is an Island called ” Sentinal ” Between India & Burma -It is inhabited by a 100 strong tribe who survived theTsunami , thanks to skills reading the natural environment . “They knew immediately some thing was wrong . ” Said a relief worker . Hours before the killer wave landed some tribes people were hunting in the forest, others across shallow water seeking marine food . Then streams of ants & other insects began pouring out of the ground and headed uphill – soon after the sea receded- the Sentinelese followed the ants example , all were safe when the tsunami struck .
Is it now possible to think of a disaster warning business with both commercial and humanitarian implications ?
How satisfying to invent something to save ,perhaps thousands of lives every few years .The creatures themselves already comprise the early warning trigger in ALL areas ( This is so important because tens of thousands of tourists are in areas were no man made early warning system are available . ) It requires real creative thinking ” Use your brain ! ” Could this be an educational project in the countries most vunerable to disasters ? Much research needs to be done on our relationship to wild life creatures : Is it possible a mobile phone appication could be invented which could pick up the unusual movement & electro magnetic aura all creatures , as well as humans have ?
Could this be an ideal subject for a competition ? They could call the mobile device .
” The bird ! ”
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