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Proposed System in the Indian Ocean

Headed by the United Nations, a tsunami warning system will by set up by the middle of 2006, as agreed upon during the governmental World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, on 20 January 2005. The 30 million dollars system is expected to take 12 to 18 months to implement and costs even more to maintain. Most of the money is expected to come from donor countries as it is a joint effort by the international community.

In actual fact, seismologists knew almost immediately about the earthquake off Indonesia which triggered the tsunami. However, there was no way of relaying the information to people in the region. Hence, a warning system will allow a more coordinated response to an earthquake (such as contact information) and this includes prediction of tsunami arrival times.

Because of the huge devastation of the Indian Ocean earthquake, it is important to note that there have been various projects that have been setup. One such example is the Open Tsunami Alert System (OTAS).

Related Readings


  • U.S. ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR AN IMPROVED TSUNAMI DETECTION AND WARNING SYSTEM. NOAA. Retrieved February 8, 2005, from http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2369.htm
  • The Tsunami Warning System. Earth and Space Sciences at University of Washington. Retrieved February 8, 2005, from http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami/general/warning/warning.html
  • Tsunami Warning System. Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 8, 2005, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunami_warning_system
  • New Scientist Breaking News - Indian Ocean tsunami warning system by mid-2006. Retrieved February 20, 2005, from http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6905
  • Tsunami early warning 'next year'. BBC News. Retrieved February 20, 2005, from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4168917.stm

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