"Following the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 26, 2004, the President moved to protect lives and property by launching an initiative to improve domestic tsunami warning capabilities. This plan, developed under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Council, places the President's initiative in the context of a broad national effort of tsunami risk reduction and United States participation in international efforts to reduce tsunami risk worldwide. Although the frequency of damaging tsunami in the United States is low compared to many other natural hazards, the Indian Ocean event was a reminder that the impacts can be extremely high. Recognizing the potential geographic links to other hazards such as hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes, the framework for tsunami risk reduction incorporates an all-hazards approach and builds upon existing hazard programs."
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