Preparing for possible tsunami threat


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012

THE Malaysian Metrological Department(MMD) has always asserted that the Government is continously enhancing the preparedness of Malaysia to face any possible tsunami threat.

The MMD has also said that with the implementation of the Malaysian National Tsunami Early Warning System (MNTEWS), the system is able to disseminate earthquake information and tsunami early warnings within 10 minutes of an earthquake.

The increase in frequency of earthquakes around the planet requires a high preparedness level to counter the varied net effects of any emergency.

The huge March 11 earthquake that sparked the tsunami off the coast of Japan was said to have been a megathrust quake.

‘Megathrusts’ are the world’s largest earthquakes where a huge movement of undersea tectonic plates under one another happen (‘subduction zone’).

The Aceh tsunami 2004, which killed over 230,000 people, was caused by a ‘megathrust’.

Similarly, the likelihood of another big earthquake occurring in the region is high following the Japan mega earthquake, as the earthquake might have put a strain on the subduction zones in Western Sumatra, the Philippines and the Indian Ocean.

R. SURESH

Petaling Jaya

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