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Failure to Gauge the Quake Crippled the Warning Effort

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Science  14 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5707, pp. 201
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5707.201

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Seismologists knew within minutes that the earthquake off Sumatra must have just unleashed a tsunami, but they had no idea how huge the quake-and therefore the tsunami-really was.