Australia develops tsunami warning system

Australia develops tsunami warning system

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Australia: Australia will soon activate its advanced tsunami warning system. According to scientists, Australian Tsunami Warning System (ATWS) is a world-first system, the first seismic array designed to enable authorities to make accurate predictions on tsunamis, Voice of America reported.
The system will be set up in the red dust of the Pilbara region in Western Australia will monitor earthquakes around the Indian Ocean.  In particular, it will look for signs of underground ruptures along the Indonesian archipelago to the north.
According to the report, the seismic array is a network of interconnected seismographs that measure and record the force and duration of earthquakes. They are arranged in a geometric pattern to increase sensitivity to events underground. Thirteen boreholes have been drilled over a 26-square kilometre zone.  Monitoring equipment is then lowered into the ground. The system is powered by solar cells, with batteries for backup.
Earlier, in 2004, a tsunami killed more than 230,000 people in 14 countries. After the disaster, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System was established, which the Australian system will complement. It is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Source: VOA