The Hindu , 18 July 2006

Tsunami Warning Centre keeps watch

HYDERABAD : Scientists at the Indian Interim Tsunami Warning Centre here swung into action soon after the 7.1 magnitude temblor rocked Indonesia and kept a constant watch on the sea levels.

The Centre located in the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) received data from different agencies, including the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, the US Geological Survey, the India Meteorological Department, the Survey of India and the Indonesian Meteorology in the wake of the earthquake.

With computed models showing that it would take four hours for a tsunami to hit the Andaman and Nicobar, and five hours to batter the Indian mainland, they kept a close watch on the situation for the period.

The Andhra Pradesh Government had alerted the coastal districts and cautioned fishermen against venturing into the sea.