India building tsunami warning system in South China Sea

India building tsunami warning system in South China Sea

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New Delhi: India is building a tsunami early warning system in the South China Sea with an aim of avoiding a repeat of the 2004 catastrophe, which is likely to be operational in the next 10 months. China is also building a similar tsunmai early warning centre in the South China Sea. The region currently gets alerts from Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

“After the 2004 tsunami, we had set up the Indian Tsunami Early Warning System (ITEWS). We keep getting the data, so we have a system in place. Currently, we are cross-checking the data as giving correct information about when and where the tsunami will occur is paramount. This alone should take 3-4 months,” said Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Science (MoES).

The next stage is setting up Bottom Pressure Recorder- the devices in the South China Sea that will record changing sea levels in an event of an earthquake- and setting up of tidal stations. “For this, we would have to install these devices in the seas and this would require assistance from the countries in the region. The location for these devices is very important as it should neither be too far from fault line nor too close from it,” the official added.

Source: Economic times