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Tsunami drill begins in India, other Indian Ocean nations
A major Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill involving India and 23 other Indian Ocean countries began on Wednesday to test warning and detection systems.
 
A tsunami warning was simulated with an earthquake of magnitude 9.2 south of Sumatra, Indonesia in the eastern Indian Ocean at 8.30 a.m.
 
The exercise involves evacuation of around 35,000 people from the coastal regions of India. The evacuation is being taken up in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Gujarat and Goa.
 
Authorities in Andhra Pradesh have selected a village each in nine coastal districts for evacuation as part of the exercise to check the preparedness.
 
The end-to-end warning systems -- from tsunami detection and forecast, threat evaluation and alert formulation, dissemination to public and their awareness and responses -- would be put to test during the mock drill, officials said.
 
Named 'IOWave16', the two-day mock drill is being organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UNESCO, which coordinated the setting up of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of the December 26, 2004 tsunami.
 
The major objectives of IOWave16 include testing the efficiency of communication links, disaster management offices and local communities at risk.
 
The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC), based out of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) here is capable of detecting tsunamigenic earthquakes within 10 minutes of their occurrence and issue timely advisories to disaster management officials as well as to the vulnerable communities.
 
On the second day of the two-day exercise on Thursday, agencies involved will simulate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Makran Trench, south of Iran and Pakistan, in the northwestern Indian Ocean.
 
More than 2,00,000 people were killed in Dec 26, 2004 tsunami, which was triggered by an undersea earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

When do we have one in Mumbai? It's got tons of low lying areas and will wash from west to east coast.

Bolt leads Jamaica to 4x100m gold
Usain Bolt on Friday led Jamaica to the men's 4x100 metres relay gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
 
Jamaica clocked 37.27 seconds, beating second-placed Japan by 0.33. The United States came third in 37.62 but was disqualified, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Canada finished third with a timing of 37.60 seconds to take the bronze medal.
 
Bolt has won an Olympic sweep of 100m, 200m and 4x100m for the third straight time.
 
Surprise World Championship 2015 runner-up China was fourth.
 
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Zuckerberg gives away USD 95 mn Facebook shares in charity
In the first gesture to fulfil his pledge that he and his wife made last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sold $95 million of the social networking giant's shares.
 
According to a US regulatory filing, The Chan Zuckerberg Foundation and CZI Holdings LLC sold Facebook shares worth $95 million before taxes, Forbes reported on Saturday.
 
"The sales likely netted more than $85 million after capital gains taxes, the report added.
 
The couple plans to give away no more than $1 billion worth of stock each year through 2018.
 
Last December, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook shares -- about $45 billion -- to advance human potential and promote equality for children.
 
Declaring the "Chan Zuckerberg Initiative" as they welcomed their first girl Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, the couple said they have created a new foundation that would initially focus on "personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities".
 
"As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation," they posted in a 2,200-word letter to their new-born daughter on Facebook.
 
"We will give 99 per cent of our Facebook shares during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others," the couple wrote.
 
Facebook currently has 1.71 billion monthly active users.
 
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