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Forces of Nature are often impossible to predict, and difficult to guard against. At the time of the 2004 tsunami there was no warning system for ocean events; almost all the 225,000 victims were taken by surprise with no alert.

Three categories of people escaped serious harm from the tsunami. The first group was islanders who had tales of tsunamis in their folklore or in living memory, recognized the danger after an earthquake, and headed for high ground. The second was beaches where Westerners who had learned about tsunamis recognized the receding water sign and prompted an evacuation. The third group was towns and villages where the mangrove swamps, which act as a buffer between sea and shore, had been left undisturbed, and thus acted as insulation from the waves.

Within one year after the tsunami, a plan for ocean warning buoys and land-based tsunami warning systems was being implemented throughout the Indian ocean theatre. The Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (Dart) system became active in June 2006, with 25 seismic sensors and 3 deep-ocean sensors transmitting data to 26 international monitoring stations. More ocean buoys and floor sensors are planned. Tsunami education is now a part of most coastal school systems. 25 countries now receive tsunami-warning alerts from monitoring agencies, to aid in spreading the news to citizens on the ground. Lessons learned from the sporadic and uneven emergency response are also being applied.

While no train can protect itself from a 6-metre wave, lessons learned from The Queen Of The Sea may help to mitigate the effect of future natural events.