Germany hands over tsunami warning system to Indonesia

April 22, 2011
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The handover marked the end of the German involvement in the project and allowed Indonesia to take the sole responsibility.

‘The tsunami danger is omnipresent,’ said Thomas Rachel, the German parliament’s state secretary for education and research.

‘A warning system can not prevent destruction caused by tsunami, but it can minimize its impact and the number of victims.’

A test version of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System was launched in 2008. It has since been expanded and optimized.

The system consists of seismometers, sea level sensors and GPS land stations.

Indonesia is especially prone to tsunamis because of its proximity to the Sunda Trench, one of the Earth’s largest subduction zones extending from the north-west tip of Sumatra island to Flores island in the east.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, killed an estimated 170,000 people in Indonesia alone.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake in October last year triggered a tsunami that killed more than 400 people on Indonesia’s Mentawai islands.

Rachel said the system worked on Mentawai, with some survivors saying they heard a siren, but the tsunami came too fast for many victims to escape.

Local media reported after the disaster that deep sea buoys installed off the coast of Mentawai had been damaged even before the earthquake.

Indonesia’s Technology Research and Minister Suharna Surapranata said local preparedness was key to saving lives during a tsunami.

‘The early warning can do so much and that’s why the government is making efforts to improve local communities’ preparedness by conducting drills and training,’ he said.

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Jakarta – Germany on Monday transferred the ownership of a tsunami warning system developed jointly with Indonesia to the government in Jakarta.

The handover marked the end of the German involvement in the project and allowed Indonesia to take the sole responsibility.

‘The tsunami danger is omnipresent,’ said Thomas Rachel, the German parliament’s state secretary for education and research.

‘A warning system can not prevent destruction caused by tsunami, but it can minimize its impact and the number of victims.’

A test version of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System was launched in 2008. It has since been expanded and optimized.

The system consists of seismometers, sea level sensors and GPS land stations.

Indonesia is especially prone to tsunamis because of its proximity to the Sunda Trench, one of the Earth’s largest subduction zones extending from the north-west tip of Sumatra island to Flores island in the east.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, killed an estimated 170,000 people in Indonesia alone.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake in October last year triggered a tsunami that killed more than 400 people on Indonesia’s Mentawai islands.

Rachel said the system worked on Mentawai, with some survivors saying they heard a siren, but the tsunami came too fast for many victims to escape.

Local media reported after the disaster that deep sea buoys installed off the coast of Mentawai had been damaged even before the earthquake.

Indonesia’s Technology Research and Minister Suharna Surapranata said local preparedness was key to saving lives during a tsunami.

‘The early warning can do so much and that’s why the government is making efforts to improve local communities’ preparedness by conducting drills and training,’ he said.

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