Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be tested on Oct 12

Oct 06, 2011
An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture in March 2011. Nearly two dozen countries next Wednesday will take part in a full-scale test of the Indian Ocean's tsunami alert system, using the 2004 Sumatra quake as the basis for the exercise, UNESCO said on Thursday.

Nearly two dozen countries next Wednesday will take part in a full-scale test of the Indian Ocean's tsunami alert system, using the 2004 Sumatra quake as the basis for the exercise, UNESCO said on Thursday.

Exercise IOWAVE 11 will re-enact the of December 26, 2004, simulating a 9.2-magnitude quake that occurs northwest of Sumatra, sending waves across the Indian Ocean that strike the coast of South Africa 12 hours later.

It will be a trial run for newly-launched Regional Service Providers (RTSPs), located in Australia, India and Indonesia, which will issue simulated "alerts."

They are part of a region-wide tsunami warning and mitigation service, set up by 28 countries after the 2004 disaster, which claimed nearly a quarter of a million lives.

Until now, two bodies -- the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre -- have been in charge of tsunami alerts in the Indian Ocean.

They will end this interim job at the end of 2012, provided the handover goes well.

"The exercise aims to evaluate the system's operational capacity, the efficiency of communications among the different actors and the state of preparation of national emergency services," the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said in a press release here.

"The test will also include the evacuation of in several countries, notably India and Malaysia."

So far, 23 countries have signed up for the October 12 test.

They are: Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, East Timor, France (La Reunion), India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, and Yemen

The Indian Ocean system was devised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), a UNESCO body.

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1 / 5 (1) Oct 08, 2011
Sub: Science to progress-What is simulation ?
If the simulation is not defined properly,it may be wrongly construed as Nuclear Explosion and Collection of data.
2004 records are already available and Scientists need to show maturity to save Earth Planet and life Support.
It will be most unfortunate event if they mislead Humanity.
Best of Brains trust is needed to understand Current Magnetic environment through Plasma Regulated Electromagnetic phenomena-sun-CME-van Allen Belts provide WAKE-UP
cosmology Vedas Interlnks -World peace-Vidyardhi Nanduri