Improved warning and quicker response needed to cut tsunami toll | Pacific Beat

Improved warning and quicker response needed to cut tsunami toll

Improved warning and quicker response needed to cut tsunami toll

Updated 16 August 2013, 8:51 AEST

Representatives from 15 different Pacific Islands gathered this week in New Zealand to talk about better preparation for natural disasters that the Pacific is vulnerable to.

With the majority of the world's earthquakes and tsunami occuring in the Pacific, the workshop aimed to help Pacific countries work towards improving their warning and response arrangements.

The workshop is being run by the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and the Global Navigation System Science team.

Dr Ken Gledhill is Chair of the International Coordinating group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning System says in the past one of the major problems is that locals had little warning time to prepare for some of the disasters they faced, sometimes less than half an hour.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Dr Ken Gledhill, chair, International Coordinating Group, Pacific Tsunami Warning System

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