Hyderabad (Express News Service)
India on monday unveiled its own tsunami early warning system put together by scientists, barely three years after it wreaked havoc along the country’s southern coastline. The National Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges in the Indian Ocean was inaugurated by Minister of Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal in a ceremony attended by Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, top scientists and senior government officials.
The tsunami warning centre, which took shape at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), would issue alerts for the killer waves within 30 minutes of an earthquake. “We had promised to put in place a tsunami warning system soon after the December 2004 tsunami devastated many coastal parts of the country. We deliver the system today,” Sibal said after the inauguration.