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It must be remembered that the above hypothetical is a worst case scenario. The maximum end of estimations has been taken to illustrate the argument of this project, which is that with such large concentrations of populations so close to areas of possible threat from tsunamis, and without adequate warning and mitigation systems, and with difficult terrain for emergency services to access, there lies the very real possibility of a disaster of enormous proportions. Hopefully this project will highlight the problem and generate interest in beginning the process of preparedness. Some of the historical examples given, however, show that enormous wave heights and the destructive efeects of a tsunami are very real, and their importanceshould not be overlooked.

Risk assessment relies on information and data from a wide variety of sources, spanning a number of fields of scholarship, and needs to be combined in an effective way with the specific purpose of tsunami preparedness in mind. The July 1998 Papua New Guinea tsunami has been a valuable model for all aspects of a tsunami disaster, and application of events and lessons learned from it could be applied effectively to the Zhujiang Delta. Sadly, developing countries, and individual communities within newly developed countries, that have not yet reached the standard of living comparable to that of developed countries often get overlooked, not only in plans for preparedness, but also in allocation of aid and funding for restoration.