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Thailand - Information
- Tsunami Early Warning System
HOW THAILAND’S EARLY WARNING SYSTEM WORKS
The Early Warning System Information Network & Data Exchange -
The newly-established National Disaster Warning Centre functions as
a centralised information centre receiving, monitoring, processing
and relaying critical information on impending natural disasters
round the clock. Data on the intensity of seismic or wave activity
is received and transmitted via the Early Warning System established
by the Thailand National Disaster Warning Centre.
To facilitate timely data exchanges and updates, the National Disaster
Warning Centre is linked to international information networks in Europe,
Asia and the Pacific. These include disaster prevention and mitigation
agencies such as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii, the
US Geological Survey and the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Thailand’s Early Warning System information network is also
linked to the information networks of the Meteorological Department,
the Department of Mineral Resources and the Naval Hydrographic Department
which provide data on seismic activity. It also taps into the information
networks of other state agencies including the Department of Disaster
Prevention and Relief, the Department of Fisheries, the Royal Irrigation
Department, the Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce, and
the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT).
The centre is staffed round-the-clock by a team of experts tasked
with monitoring and analysing computer-generated reports. In the event
that there is a high probability of a tsunami incident occurring, a
warning for high risk areas around Thailand will be issued within 30
minutes. Data will be relayed immediately via satellite.
PROCESS Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Centre receives
data transmitted from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii,
the US Geological Survey and the Japan Meteorological Agency and other
Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Centre receives notification
of seismic or wave activity or an earthquake that might be a potential
The information received is compiled, computed and analysed within
Vital data, such as the profile and elevation of the land, ocean depth
and other key variables are keyed into a computer-simulated programme.
Possible scenarios are generated and analysed. The potential risk to
areas around Thailand is assessed. Within
20 minutes -
In the event of impending danger such as the advance of destructive waves or
floodwaters, public warnings are issued.
Once a warning has been issued by the National Disaster Warning Centre,
television and radio stations will immediately cease broadcasts of
normal programmes and commence their broadcast of the disaster warning
within 5 minutes. (TAT)
FOR INQUIRIES OR REPORTS
National Disaster Warning Centre Call Centre:
Hotline: #1860 or
Tel: +66 (0) 2589 2497, (0) 2589 2591