Tsunami warning system for India
The National Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges in the Indian Ocean has been developed by India. The tsunami warning centre, which has taken shape at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) will issue alerts for the killer waves within 30 minutes of an earthquake. The Centre has been established by Ministry of Earth Sciences at a cost of Rs.125 crore in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology, Department of Space and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The Centre will generate and give timely advisories to the the Ministry of Home Affairs for dissemination to the public for which a satellite-based virtual private network for disaster management support has been established. This network enables early warning centre to disseminate warnings to the MHA, as well as to the state emergency operations centres. Scientists installed two bottom pressure recorders (BPR), key sensors that indicate the generation of tsunami, off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian Sea. A set of four BPRs have also been installed in the Bay of Bengal region and were put to test a massive undersea earthquake hit southern Sumatra. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake in the southern Sumatra region triggered tsunami alerts in various adjoining countries, including India. INCOIS, in association with Tata Consultancy Services, has generated simulations of possible 550 scenarios of triggering of tsunami after massive earthquakes. The information about magnitude, location and depth at which an earthquake has occurred is fed into computers which picks up an appropriate scenario and simulate formation of tsunamis. For further details contact: Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) "Ocean Valley, P.B No.21,IDA Jeedimetla P.O Hyderabad - 500 055 India Tel: +91-40-23895000; +91-40-23895002 Fax: +91-40-23892910 E-mail: [email protected]
Sector: Disaster Management and Mitigation
Country: India
Area of Application: Tsunami prone regions
Keywords: Tsunami warning
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