BMKG installs a tsunami early warning system in West Manggarai

014979600_1557545094-IMG-20190510-WA0011 Illustration of West Manggarai. Photo by: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia

Source: ANTARA
Date: February 14, 2022

Kupang (ANTARA) - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has installed four types of tsunami early warning system tools in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara.

"Equipment is installed to provide earthquake and tsunami information and support a tsunami early warning system called the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System (INATEWS), said Head of the West Manggarai Komodo Meteorological Station, Sti Nenotek, when contacted by ANTARA from Kupang, Sunday.

First, BMKG installed an earthquake shelter that has a seismograph sensor to measure vibrations on the earth's surface.

West Manggarai Regency itself has five earthquake shelters with details of 3 shelters installed with seismograph sensors and 2 shelters that will be installed in 2022. Shelters that have been installed with seismograph sensors are earthquake shelters in Kuwus District, Labuan Bajo City, and Golo Mori Village. Meanwhile, two shelters where seismograph sensors will be installed are located on Komodo Island and Lembor District.

Furthermore, BMKG has installed a tsunami siren that functions to provide tsunami early warnings to the public. Tsunami sirens are installed at the peak of Waringin Labuan Bajo.

In addition to the two tools, BMKG also installed the New Generation BMKG Warning Receiver System (WRS). This tool serves to provide early information when an earthquake occurs so that the response to disaster information provided will be faster, especially earthquakes and tsunamis.

Currently, West Manggarai has two WRS equipment located at the West Manggarai BPBD Office and the Labuan Bajo SAR Post.

Next, West Manggarai also has a device for monitoring ocean currents and waves (High-Frequency Radar) which is a tool for monitoring the direction and speed of sea surface currents and the height of sea waves.

Currently, there are 2 High-Frequency Radars that have been installed on Gili Lawa Island, Komodo National Park, and Karanga Beach Border, Labuan Bajo.

In addition to the four tsunami and earthquake early warning tools, BMKG has also installed automatic tools used to measure weather parameters for aviation weather information services.

The tool is the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) Category III located at Komodo Airport Labuan Bajo.

Awos Category III is located at the end of runway 17 (north), runway center, and end of runway 35 (south).

"BMKG wants to provide comfort and safety for the community and tourists in Labuan Bajo in particular and West Manggarai in general," said Sti.
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