Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill begins

The drill includes evacuation of around 35, 000 people from the coastal regions of India.
Tsunami Drill

A major Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill was started on Wednesday to  check safely and security preparedness.

The mock drill includes India and 23 other Indian Ocean countries to test warning and detection systems. A tsunami warning was simulated with an earthquake of magnitude 9.2 south of Sumatra, Indonesia in the eastern Indian Ocean at 8.30 a.m.

The drill includes evacuation of around 35, 000 people from the coastal regions of India.

The evacuation drill is being conducted in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Gujarat, Goa and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In Andhra Pradesh, the authorities have chosen a village each in the nine coastal districts for evacuation drill to check the preparedness.

Official explained that end-to-end warning systems- from tsunami detection and forecast, threat evaluation and alert formulation, dissemination to public and their awareness and responses- would be put to test during the mock drill.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UNESCO, coordinated the setting up of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, is organising the two-day mock drill naming the event ‘IOWave16’.

The objectives of IOWave16 include testing the efficiency of communication links, disaster management offices and local communities at risk.

On the second day of the two-day exercise on Thursday, agencies involved will simulate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Makran Trench, south of Iran and Pakistan, in the northwestern Indian Ocean.

More than 2,00,000 people were killed in Dec 26, 2004 tsunami, which was triggered by an undersea earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.