Today's Wall Street Journal has a story about the nascent earthquake warning system being (too slowly, in my opinion) built in the western United States. If you would like to read the article, it is here.
What fascinated me were the comments to the article. Here are some screen captures of them:
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On June 9, 1953, a tornado struck Worcester, Mass. without warning. Ninety-four were killed. It wasn't that meteorologists didn't know what was coming. They did:
Forecasters at the National Weather Service [sic, it was called the Weather Bureau at that time] in Boston believed there was a possibility of tornadic activity in the area but decided not to include it in the forecast that day in fear they would cause panic in the local citizens...Because of this, the tornado struck with little or no warning for residents.
This wasn't the first time:
The U.S. government banned the word 'tornado' from forecasts to avoid panicking the masses...It is believed the harm done by such a prediction would be greater than that which results from the tornado itself."
My opinion: Get the earthquake warning system going as quickly as possible.