21 Apr 2008

Vanuatu met office assesses tsunami warning system

3:13 pm on 21 April 2008

The Vanuatu Meteorological Service says a week-long assessment of the country's tsunami warning system beginning tomorrow will help the country prepare better for tsunamis.

A team of experts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Pacific islands Applied Geoscience Commission, and Emergency management Australia are in Port Vila to assist Vanuatu personnel with the assessment.

The team will focus on a range of response areas from community awareness of tsunami to issuing of tsunami warnings.

A series of workshops will provide the Vanuatu personnel with an opportunity to cross-fertilise the knowledge in neighbouring countries with in-country experts.

The Met service says the assessment will determine areas in Vanuatu's ability to respond to tsunami events which need attention.