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Satellite telecommunications in tsunami early warning systems

Tsunami early warning systems rely on the timely and reliable acquisition of relevant data either from buoys at sea or from tide gauges in ports and its subsequent transmission to warning centres.

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Satellite telecommunications in tsunami early warning systems

Tsunami buoy undergoing inspection in Indonesia. The buoy is part of the Indian Ocean tsunami warning system introduced after the 2004 tsunami. Image: UNDRR.

Tsunami early warning systems rely on the timely and reliable acquisition of relevant data either from buoys at sea or from tide gauges in ports and its subsequent transmission to warning centres.

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UNOOSA requests activation of International Charter for tsunami in Indonesia

In September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, leaving thousands dead and injured. Image: European Union 2018 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Following a tsunami that hit coastal areas around the Sunda strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on 22 December, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia. LAPAN is a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO).

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Mon, 24/12/2018 - 11:12

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Crowdsourced mobile application to track disasters tested for first time in Fiji

Damage in Fiji caused by the floods of January 2012. Image: AusAID/CC BY 2.0

A crowdsourced mobile application utilizing satellite technology has been used for the first time during an

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Thu, 28/06/2018 - 12:57

Charter activated for earthquake in Indonesia

Satellite image of Indonesia's islands. Image: courtesy of ESA

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 7 December 2016 due to a 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia. The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) on behalf of LAPAN requested the activation.

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Fri, 09/12/2016 - 04:15

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UN-SPIDER contributes to UNESCO-IOC training course in the Seychelles

Participants in the UNESCO-IOC training workshop

UN-SPIDER was invited to contribute to the regional training workshop on Coastal

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Tue, 22/03/2016 - 16:00

International Charter activated for earthquake in Chile

 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile (Image: VICE)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile and also caused a tsunami, which affected some parts of the coast. The mechanism was activated on 17 September 2015, at 09:37:02 (UTC+03:00) by ONEMI.

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Mon, 21/09/2015 - 22:05

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INCOIS to come out with 3D GIS maps to mitigate tsunami effects

The INCOIS team is mapping the coastal and inland areas of Puducherry town (Image: NASA)

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is working on the creation of 3D Geographic Information System (GIS) maps to ease the evacuation of people from vulnerable areas at risk of tsunami or other natural disaster.

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Tue, 07/07/2015 - 15:26

UN-SPIDER supports UNESCO-IOC workshop on coastal hazard assessment

The workshop is focusing on coastal hazard assessment

Today, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) opened their training workshop "Coastal

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Tue, 02/06/2015 - 10:59

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Supercomputer K: An ally to reduce disaster risks

Japan to use a supercomputer for disaster risk reduction after the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami (Image: U.S. Air Force)

The Tohoku University and Fujitsu Laboratories jointly developed a real-time flood analysis system with the help of the Fujitsu's supercomputer, K.

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Thu, 14/05/2015 - 09:00

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