Tsunami warning hub now in full operation

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  • Friday, 08 Nov 2019

Run for cover: Students taking part in a tsunami and earthquake drill in Jimbaran on the island of Bali. — AFP

Beijing: With the full operation of an advisory centre authorised by the United Nations, China started offering tsunami warning services to nine countries in the South China Sea region as the world marks the fourth World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Built by China and authorised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the South China Sea Tsunami Advisory Centre in Beijing began its trial operation at the end of January 2018.

“Since the trial operation, the capability of the centre has been increasingly enhanced, ” said Wang Hong, chief of the State Oceanic Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources, as he spoke during the ceremony for the centre’s full operation.

He also said the Smart Tsunami Information Process System-which China owns independent intellectual property rights to-has been operating stably since the trial.

The system will beef up tsunami mitigation capability in the South China Sea region.

The centre is now hosted by China’s National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre, an affiliate of the ministry.

Yu Fujiang, director of the forecasting centre, said the tsunami advisory centre is now able to send out warnings only about 10 minutes after the occurrence of an earthquake thanks to the smart system.

With access to real time data from over 600 earthquake monitoring stations-530 of which belong to foreign countries-the tsunami advisory center is able to determine the basic parameters of earthquakes within three to five minutes no matter where they occur in the world, he said.

In addition to the more than 100 domestic stations for water level monitoring, the tsunami advisory centre can also share data from over 800 such stations worldwide, he added.

China has provided another important and continuous means of support to sustainable oceanic development by establishing the SCSTAC, he said. — China Daily/ ANN

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