Chief Scientist of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Vinith Kumar on 11 June 2013 announced that the Early Tsunami Warning System (ETWS) installed at Rangachang in Andaman and Nicobar Islands can predict a tsunami immediately after an earthquake. Vinith Kumar claimed that the new technology installed can predict the Tsunami within 3 minutes after the initial tremors are felt and can send alerts.
Following the alerts sent from the Tsunami Warning System, the tsunami alerts can be issued to the risk zones via Centre in consultation with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, INCOIS at Hyderabad.
To benefit the fishermen, the National Institute of Ocean Technology has also installed 10 Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) at ten locations in different islands namely Mayabandar, Dilgipur, Chidiayatapu, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay for the benefit of fishermen. The devices costs 10 lakh rupees each and has been designed and installed to improve the abilities of fish catching.
The center has also developed an Islands Resource Information System (IRIS) for better exploitation of the resources. NIOT is also planning a solar desalination project in the islands.
When: 11 June 2013