Berlin offers to build quake early warning system

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13 January 2005, BERLIN - The German government on Thursday offered to build a tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said building the system, combining seismologic and satellite sensors, would be coordinated by Potsdam's "Geo Forschungs Zentrum". It was unclear who would finance the proposed German system which is competing with tsunami warning systems from Japan and the US Berlin has pledged EUR 500 million in rebulding aid for countries devastated by last month's

13 January 2005

BERLIN - The German government on Thursday offered to build a tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said building the system, combining seismologic and satellite sensors, would be coordinated by Potsdam's "Geo Forschungs Zentrum".

It was unclear who would finance the proposed German system which is competing with tsunami warning systems from Japan and the US Berlin has pledged EUR 500 million in rebulding aid for countries devastated by last month's tsunami.

The first phase of the proposed German system could be installed in one to three years at an estimated cost of EUR 45 million, said a government statement.

A second more elaborate stage, including new satellites, would cost a great deal more and should be decided in the coming two years, said the statement.

Berlin wants similar versions of the planned Indian Ocean early warning system to also be built in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, the statement said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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