Exercise IOWave 11: More Than 20 Countries Reenact 2004 Sumatran Tsunami

A mock tsunami drill which reenacted the events of December 26, 2004, concluded on Thursday evening. Code named “Exercise IOWave11,” it was the first of its kind.

AsianScientist (Oct. 17, 2011) – A mock tsunami drill which reenacted the events of December 26, 2004, concluded on Thursday evening.

Code named “Exercise IOWave11,” the drill was carried out between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (IST), simulating a 9.2 magnitude earthquake off Northern Sumatra.

During the exercise, the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Center (ITEWC), based at the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, generated and disseminated 15 tsunami bulletins to both its national and regional contacts, said a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau on Friday.

The 12-hour maneuver also saw UNESCO handing over the responsibility for the Indian Ocean tsunami advisories to the Regional Tsunami Advisory Service Providers (RTSPs) which cover India, Australia, and Indonesia.

At the regional level, ITEWC, which is recognized as one of the RTSPs, issued bulletins to 23 other countries in the region.

Among those who had participated in the exercise were scientists of the Nuclear Power Corporation attached to the Kudankulam Atomic Power Station in Tamil Nadu.

A host of communication systems such as SMS-based alerts and megaphones were used by the local authorities to alert the coastal population, the press release added.

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(Oct. 10, 2011) Indian Ocean Nations Simulate 2004 Tsunami, Test Tsunami Warning System.

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Source: Press Information Bureau, India.
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