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Tsunami Buoys Activated

Early Warning System for Tidal Waves Commences Operation with Installation of Two Seismic Buoys.

(11/19/2005) The first in a series of early-warning ocean buoys and ocean-bottom seismic sensors have been installed off the coast of West Sumatra that will provide shore-side residents of advance notice of the approach of life-threatening tsunami waves.

Two sets of early warning stations were activated near Sumatra on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, installed by a joint team of Indonesian and German scientists.

Quoted in the Jakarta Post Edi Prihantoro from the State Ministry of Research and Technology said: "The buoys will pick up and transmit data about sea tremors and pressure from the ocean sensor devices. This is part of the government's tsunami early warning system master plan (which runs) through early 2009."

When completed, the initial installation will see a total of 15 early warning systems in operation in various locations across Indonesia.

More than 130,000 people lost their lives in Indonesia's Aceh province as the result of the December 26, 2004, tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off the coast of West Sumatra.