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Keeping Ahead of the Wave

Disaster Official Calls for More Tsunami Detectors Along Bali's Coastline.

(3/19/2011) In its continuing program of preparedness against the threat of tsunamis and quite literally in the wake of the March 11, 2011 tsunami that devastated northern Japan, the provincial government of Bali has reviewed its three main evacuation scenarios and is adding more ocean-based tsunami detectors to the six already in operation along Bali's coastline.

Putu Anom Agustina, chief of the Disaster Preparedness Team for Bali, told Media Indonesia, "all the detectors are operating in a good condition and are checked once a month on the 26th of each month."

Public warning siren alerts are also test-sounded along the island's southern coast at 10:00 am local time every 26th day of the month.

Anom also told the press that more tsunami detectors are needed in Bali in order to cover the island's long coastline and to meet every natural disaster contingency in an island standing in a very seismically active area of the world.