India: Building a tsunami early warning system

Multitemporal composite of radar satellite imagery
Multitemporal composite of radar satellite imagery showing the massive damage done by the 2004 Tsunami on Nicobar Islands.
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India is building a tsunami early warning system in the South China Sea, which is likely to be operational in the next 10 months, as The Economic Times reported. The need for the establishment of such a system had become very obvious during the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean causing widespread destruction.

The Economic Times reported: "Two years ago, the issue of having such a system in the South China Sea was raised in a meeting with the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), a Bangkok based 18-member multi-governmental organisation, of which India is also a member. It was suggested that India should build capabilities of issuing early warning in an event of tsunami in the South China Sea, which was agreed upon by India. The South China Sea countries are also members of this organisation.