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Images: MIT/WHOI Graduate Leads the World's Tsunami Awareness Program

Laura Kong (foreground, right), director of the International Tsunami Information Center, discusses tsunamis and provides safety information to visitors at an ocean fair at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Credit: NOAA)

Laura Kong confers with USGS seismologist Walter Mooney during the China-ASEAN Workshop on Earthquake-generated Tsunamis held in Beijing in January. She has traveled to three continents in the past three months to help coordinate tsunami warning networks. (Laura Kong confers with USGS seismologist Walter Mooney)

A 1990 graduate of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, Laura Kong has been in the middle of the international effort to set up tsunami monitoring in the Indian Ocean. "We're trying to help governments understand what a tsunami warning system is, what it isn?t, and what?s involved in setting one up," she said (Photo courtesy of Laura Kong)