INCOIS monitoring entire Indian Ocean for tsunami

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is the only institute hosting round-the-clock National Tsunami Warning System (NTWS) that covers the entire Indian Ocean, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

New Delhi: The Indian National Centre for
Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is the only institute
hosting round-the-clock National Tsunami Warning System (NTWS)
that covers the entire Indian Ocean, Lok Sabha was informed
today.

In a written reply to a question, Minister for Earth
Sciences Prithviraj Chavan said the NTWS is capable of
detecting tsunamigenic earthquakes and monitoring tsunamis to
provide timely advisories to concerned government departments
and vulnerable communities.

He said no international assistance has been sought or
received to upgrade the existing Tsunami Warning forecasting
ability.

However, India has signed an Implementation Arrangement
with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), USA to access its tsunami model performance vis-a-vis
the model of NTWS over the Indian Ocean.

Replying to another question, the Minister said satellite
studies carried out by the Department of Space (DoS) indicate
that Campbell Bay was affected and Indira Point was submerged
during the tsunami in 2004.

-PTI