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Emergency Warning System to be Launched 30 August 2013

August 30, 2013 4:04 PM | Disaster Prevention


Emergency Warning System to be Launched 30 August 2013

As of 30 August 2013, the Japan Meteorological Agency launches the Emergency Warning System. Emergency Warnings are issued to alert people to the significant likelihood of catastrophes in association with natural phenomena of extraordinary magnitude. Residents should take all measures possible to protect themselves in the event that an Emergency Warning is issued.


What is an Emergency Warning?


Emergency Warnings are intended for extraordinary phenomena such as the major tsunami caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the 1959 storm surge in Ise Bay caused by Typhoon Vera and the 2011 heavy rain caused by Typhoon Talas. The issuance of an Emergency Warning for an area indicates a level of exceptional risk of a magnitude observed only once every few decades. Residents should pay attention to their surroundings and relevant information such as evacuation advisories and orders, and should take all steps necessary to protect life.

Tsunami
The new classification of Emergency Warnings includes Major Tsunami Warnings.


Volcanic Activities
The new classification of Emergency Warnings includes Volcanic Warnings (Level 4 or more).


Earthquake
The new classification of Emergency Warnings includes Earthquake Early Warnings which incorporates prediction of tremors measuring 6-lower or more on JMA's seismic intensity scale.


*For more information, visit JMA website & search "Emergency Warning"

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