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Mock drill to check tsunami preparedness

Panjim: A mock drill to check Goa’s preparedness in dealing with a tsunami will be held on Tuesday with stakeholders, first responders and government agencies like District Collectorates, Fire & Emergency Services, Goa Police, Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Revenue, to be a part of the 12-hour exercise.

The mock drill in the north will be held at Miramar beach where a slight impact of the 2004-tsunami was witnessed. The State experienced mild tsunami waves in 2004.

Details of the mock drill were chalked out in a meeting by District Collector Levinson Martins on Monday. “A scenario of a quake will be created and rescue operations will be carried out as a part of the mock drill. This exercise is to test communicative plans, response time and coordination,” Martins told Herald after meeting the agencies concerned.

The two-day exercise has been planned by the Centre and as per reports released by the national media; the exercise comprises two scenarios on September 4 and 5 – North Western and Eastern Indian Ocean region.

The first will stimulate a 9 magnitude earthquake off coast of Iran, Makran Trench followed by a second on the Eastern coast with an earthquake simulation of 9.3 magnitude along Northern Sumatra. Being on the Western coast of India, the tsunami threat information will be disseminated by the Indian Tsunami Early Warning System (ITEWS) at Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) Hyderabad at 11.30am when the exercise will commence. [H]

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