Nearly 11 years after the Boxing Day tsunami, in which more than 10,000 lives were lost in India, Mumbai on Monday tested its first Tsunami early warning system siren that will give citizens a 10-minute alert.
The newly installed 'Tsunami Early Warning System Siren' was tested at noon today between 12:00-12:10 pm near INS Angre, off Reserve Bank of India head office in south Mumbai.
Captain KLV Prabhakaram, officiating Command Met Officer, Headquarter Western Naval Command, during trials of Tsunami Warning System Siren. The Digital Electronic Board (in the background) carries the details of the warning when the siren is sounded.
The system is installed at the Meteorology Office of Western Naval Command by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), an autonomous organisation under Ministry of Earth & Sciences (MoES), Government of India.
The Siren and a Digital Electronic Board is part of a system for issuing early warning in case of a Tsunami threat in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The siren has been connected to the electronic display board and will now be remotely controlled by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad. The siren will operate for a continuously for one minute in case of a possible Tsunami threat in the coastal region.
The system has far reaching impact on the reaction time available to the Indian Navy in responding to the natural calamity and saving lives.
Post successful completion of drill, it is intended to carry out testing of the Tsunami Warning Siren on regular basis between 12:00 – 12:10 PM on 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month commencing November 1, 2015.