Monday, March 19, 2007 8:48:18 AM
A lahar that tore down the same volcano in 1953 killed 151 people, but this time they were far better prepared. Scientists had been able to predict the lahar's passage, the railway bridge had been strengthened and an earth dam build, and an early warning response system worked as planned.
On 8 January 2007 (http://my.opera.com/nielsol/blog/2007/01/08/lahar-hazard) I wrote about the fear that a tephra dam blocking the crater lake would break - and yesterday it finally did.
Prediction, preparedness and early warning systems are life savers.
- Yahoo News of Sunday 18 March http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_re_au_an/new_zealand_mud_flow