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Japan plans E Asia, Indian Ocean monitoring network

In the wake of Asia’s tsunami disaster, Japan plans to create an independent earthquake and tsunami monitoring network that would stretch from East Asia to the Indian Ocean.

The Japanese government plans to take the initiative in financing and operating the network so that financial burdens of other nations can be reduced.

Tokyo is to unveil the plan at a United Nations global conference on disaster prevention to be held in the western Japanese city of Kobe beginning January 18, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said. The network would be compatible with an existing pan-Pacific tsunami warning system in which Japan, the US, China and 23 other nations participate.

Under the plan, the network is envisioned as covering the area from the vicinity of Japan, through the waters of Association of South-east Asian Nations member states to the coasts of the Indian Ocean.

Seismometers, tsunami gauges and GPS devices would be installed at more than 100 locations over the course of 10 years, so that monitoring accuracy would be improved through the exchange of data between observation points.

The Japanese government plans to take the initiative in financing and operating the network so that financial burdens of other nations can be reduced.

Meanwhile, Malaysia will set up a tsunami warning system around its coast this year and plant mangrove trees – natural shock absorbers against destructive waves – officials said yesterday.