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Tsunami early warning system a work in progress
Published on 01 January 2010 10:16
Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia’s early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say. Indonesia began setting up an early warning system in 2005, a year after a 9.2 Richter scale earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which left over 230,000 dead.
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hvermeulen
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I heard on television about fae 1 of an early warning system. Unfortunately live on Nias, which was hit also by the tsunami in 2004.
There is a new installation at the harbour, so the government of Indonesia did what they could.
But checking with the local authorities confirmed what I already feared: nobody is monitoring the system, neither by telephone nor by computer. It is just useless.



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I think/hope that the system indeed is not monitored in quake-prone zones like Nias, but from a more central collection point at the BMKG offices here in Jakarta or maybe an regional office in Sumatra. Not sure though. Emoticon:


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hvermeulen
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Of course the system must be monitored from another area. But what about alerting the local authorities if nobody is monitoring the local satelite communication. How can we get an early warning?



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hmm.. you have got a point there.. Emoticon: Red face Don't know how they are supposed to handle that. Maybe they will send an SMS to some villager living on the coast to ask him/her if the water is receding already... Emoticon:


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