Tonga tests tsunami warning siren


Wed 03 Jul 2013

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NADI, Fiji ---- Tonga has carried out testing on its new tsunami warning siren system.

The Director of Tonga’s Meteorological Services, Ofa Fa’anunu says the sirens were tested in May, 2013 to see whether it could be heard all over Tonga’s mainland.

Because Tonga is at high risk to tsunami events, Fa’anunu says the warning system is important in reducing risks and damages.

Five sirens have been set up around Nuku’alofa and the eastern side of Tongatapu under the pilot project supported by SOPAC.

The Government of Japan will fund two more sirens to be positioned in two villages to the west of Tongatapu.

Fa’anunu says the issues highlighted during the testing include how the sirens could be triggered from Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office and the cost of the system.

Tonga’s tsunami warning system was highlighted during the 2nd Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting in Nadi.

Fa’anunu said he hopes that other Pacific countries that have similar systems can share their ideas on how to improve the system in Tonga.

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