Global & Disaster Medicine

What happened to Indonesia’s early warning system for tsunami detection?

NYT

  • Indonesia’s system, completed in 2008, consists of seismographic sensors, buoys (record changes in the sea level), tidal gauges (measure changes in sea level every 15 minutes and send the data to the national meteorological agency) and GPS.
  • None of the 22 buoys was operational (vandalism and lack of maintenance)
  • No data observation equipment near enough to Palu to measure tidal changes in the immediate area.
  • After Friday’s earthquake struck, all three tsunami waves hit the area fewer than 11 minutes later.

This diagram shows how tsunami wave information in the deep ocean is transmitted from DART systems via satellite to NOAA’s tsunami warning centers.

This diagram shows how tsunami wave information in the deep ocean is transmitted from DART systems via satellite to NOAA’s tsunami warning centers.


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