New Delhi : India has developed its own tsunami warning system, nearly three years after a tsunami caused havoc along its southern coastline claiming hundreds of lives.
The National Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges in the Indian Ocean, a project of the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences, has been placed at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) at Southern Indian city of Hyderabad, Press Trust of India reported Saturday.
INCOIS has generated simulations of possible 550 scenarios of triggering of tsunami after massive earthquakes, the news agency said.
The information about magnitude, location and depth at which an earthquake has occurred is fed into computers, which picks up an appropriate scenario and simulate formation of tsunamis.
Tsunami alerts could now be issued within 30 minutes of an earthquake.
The warning system is expected to be inaugurated on October 15, the news agency said.
Indian scientists last week installed two bottom pressure recorders (BPR), key sensors that indicate the generation of tsunami, off the country’s western coast in the Arabian Sea.
A set of four BPRs have already been installed in the Bay of Bengal region along India’s eastern coast and were tested last month when a massive undersea earthquake hit southern Sumatra in Indonesia.