Along with 23 countries, the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) is all geared up to participate in major two-day Indian Ocean-wide mock drill on September 9 and 10. The attempt is to simulate tsunamis generated by two large undersea earthquakes to test the emergency response services in the region.
ITEWC will participate in the drill as National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) and also Regional Tsunami Advisory Service Provider (RTSP) for the Indian Ocean region. Bulletins will be issued to all the 23 participating countries.
The national tsunami warning centres of Australia and Indonesia would act as RTSPs apart from ITEWC.
The mock drill is organised under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. The mock drill is aimed at testing the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS).
The first scenario on September 9 will simulate a magnitude 9.1 earthquake south of Java, Indonesia, and begin at 0530 hours IST. The second one will simulate a magnitude 9 quake in the Makran Trench, south of Iran and Pakistan, and begins at 1130 hrs IST on September 10. On both days, the drill will run in real time for 12 hours.