India to engage In Indian Ocean-Wide Tsunami Mock Drill


HYDERABAD:  India will take part in Indian Ocean Wide Tsunami Mock Drill that will take place on September 7-8.  During the drill, around thousands of people will be vacated from different states.

Around 23 Indian Ocean Nations will participate in the mock drill.  The drill will involve evacuation of around 35,000 people from the coastal communities mostly in Odisha and also in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Gujarat and Goa.

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During the mock drill, the test will be held which will involve the end-to-end warning systems – from tsunami detection and forecast, threat evaluation and alert formulation, dissemination to public and their awareness and responses.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UNESCO has organized 'IOWave16' which will include the invention of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS).

“The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) will easily detect tsunami genic earthquakes within 10 minutes of their occurrence and issue timely advisories to disaster management officials as well as to the vulnerable communities”, an INCOIS statement said.

“This state-of-the-art warning centre, operational since October 2007, has all necessary computational & communication infrastructure for the reception of real-time data from seismic & sea-level networks as well as generation and dissemination of tsunami bulletins for the entire Indian Ocean region”,  it added.

Two scenarios will be involved by ‘IOWave16’. The first scenario will simulate an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 south off Sumatra, Indonesia, on September 7 at 0830 IST and the second will simulate an earthquake with a magnitude of 9 in the Makran Trench south of Iran and Pakistan on September 8 (1130 IST).

ITEWC will provide 15 tsunami bulletins to national as well as regional stakeholders through GTS (global telecommunication system), email, fax, SMS as well as web.

In the IOWave 16 testing, the efficiency of communication links, disaster management offices and local communities will be looked out.

“The drill would facilitate exercising the standard operating procedures of emergency services and evaluating their state of readiness to handle tsunami-like emergency situations. Most importantly, IOWave16 is expected to enhance the awareness and preparedness among all stakeholders, including the vulnerable communities”, it added.

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