Tsunami early Warning system successfully tested in Mumbai

A newly-installed Tsunami Early Warning System Siren was successfully tested near INS Angre, off Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in south Mumbai.

It was tested nearly 11 years after the Boxing Day tsunami which had hit the east coast of India and had killed more than 10,000 people.

Key facts

  • The siren system has been installed at the Meteorology Office of Western Naval Command by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).
  • It has a digital electronic board fitted in the system which gives out data about the approaching tsunami.
  • The system has a radical range of 3 kms in all directions and gives continuous hoot for 60 seconds during emergency.
  • The siren will be remotely controlled by Hyderabad based INCOIS and will operate in case of a possible Tsunami threat in the local region.
  • 7 tsunami buoys with sensors will record the speed and height of waves. It will further alert the monitoring centre in Hyderabad.
  • The warning siren will provide precise tsunami alert to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), disaster management authorities and Indian Navy to prevent the possible damage.

In 2005, Indian Government had started its own interim tsunami warning centre after the devastating tsunami which had hit the Indian Ocean countries on December 26, 2004.



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