Japan to export quake warning system to Indonesia

7 years ago by in South East Asia

Indonesia, often struck by quakes, will become the first country in Southeast Asia to use a Japanese early warning system for earthquakes and tsunami.

Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo and Indonesian Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring signed an agreement this week that would create a system based on Japan’s technology used to warn the residents in case of emergency.

The system will be created by manufacturers such as NTT Data Corp. and Hitachi Ltd and Indonesia will be financially supported through official development assistance, Japan’s internal affairs ministry said.

Although Indonesia has been severely damaged by a series of tsunami during the last ten years, Southeast Asia has not developed emergency warning systems to alert residents in case of potential disasters, according to the international press.

In the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Sumatra, there were more than 160,000 victims in Indonesia.

At the time, the evacuation was delayed due to an insufficient number of systems for quickly relaying earthquake and tsunami warnings.

Indonesia’s government will use the Japanese technology to transmit emergency information to residents via the Internet, mobile phones, and TVs.