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Tsunami warning stations to be built with US assistance


The government wants to build three tsunami early-warning stations off the coast through cooperation with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an official said yesterday.

"We have applied to join the NOAA DART tsunami early-warning project by building three tsunami early-warning stations off Taiwan's north, east and south coast," Kuo Kai-wen (郭鎧紋), director of the Seismology Observation Center, said by phone.

"We will make the budget this year. If the budget is passed in the legislature, we can build one station each year in the next three years," he said.

NOAA has established six tsunami early-warning stations along the Pacific coast by installing buoys and sensors which send data to satellites, which in turn transmit the data to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii.

The PTWC distributes the data to Pacific Basin countries and the US West Coast.

"If we set up three tsunami early-warning stations off Taiwan's coast, we can share the data with other Pacific nations such as China, Japan, South and North Korea and the Philippines," Kuo said.

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