Friday, October 26, 2007

India launches Tsunami Alert System

India has installed and begun use of the Tsunami Early Warning System (EWS) The system consists of a network of tide gauges, seismic stations, ocean bottom pressure recorders, coastal observing radars and current meter moorings which report to an Interim Tsunami Warning Centre operated by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). Additionally, coastal topographic and bathymetric surveying has been updated and input into tsunami and storm surge models for varying scenarios using historic data to test the effectiveness of the system. The models predict that the $30+ million project would give a 13 minute or more warning.


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