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Tsunami early Warning system in Mumbai successfully tested

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Nearly 11 years after the Boxing Day tsunami, in which more than 10000 lives were lost in India, Mumbai on October 27, 2015 successfully tested its first Tsunami early warning system siren during which a 10-minute alert was sounded in South Mumbai.

The newly installed Tsunami Early Warning System Siren was tested this afternoon between 12:00-12:10 pm near INS Angre, off Reserve Bank of India head office in south Mumbai. This test will now be carried out on regular basis between 12:00-12:10 pm on second and fourth Saturday of every month commencing November 1. The siren system has a digital electronic board that gives out data about the approaching tsunami. The siren has a radical range of three kms in all directions and it gives continuous hoot for one minute.

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 will be connected to and remotely controlled by INCOIS, Hyderabad and will operate in case of a possible Tsunami threat in the local region. India started its own interim tsunami warning centre in the first quarter of 2005 after the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004.