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Red Tape Slowed Tsunami Warning from Reaching Asia

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Red Tape Slowed Tsunami Warning from Reaching Asia

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Red Tape Slowed Tsunami Warning from Reaching Asia

Red Tape Slowed Tsunami Warning from Reaching Asia

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Technicians from the Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii knew an earthquake struck under the Indian Ocean within minutes. But scientists could only issue a warning to the surrounding countries, because their jurisdiction only covers the Pacific. NPR's Christopher Joyce reports on why the news didn't travel fast enough to save lives.