Banda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - 04:58 GMT - Warning System - To prevent avoidable losses again, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System -- spanning the ocean and monitored by hubs in Indonesia, Australia and India -- began operations in 2011. Twenty-four countries around the Indian Ocean have also set up their own national warning centres. 04:36 GMT - Climate warning - US Secretary of State John Kerry says the tsunami sounded a warning on climate change. “I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago.
Newcomer Comanche was first out of the Sydney Heads in Australia's 70th annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race in good conditions on Friday, but forecasters have warned of tricky weather ahead. The 100-foot Comanche was followed by fellow supermaxi and seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI as more than 100 yachts set off on the 628 nautical mile race down Australia's east coast to the southern island of Tasmania. A southerly front assisted the boats out of Sydney Harbour but they have now turned south into what the Bureau of Meteorology had predicted would be a 20 to 28 knot offshore southerly on their way to Hobart.