Germany, Indonesia to set up tsunami system

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14 March 2005, JAKARTA - Eleven weeks after deadly tsunamis swept through southern Asia, Germany has signed a pact with Indonesia to set up a tsunami early warning system.

14 March 2005

JAKARTA - Eleven weeks after deadly tsunamis swept through southern Asia, Germany has signed a pact with Indonesia to set up a tsunami early warning system.

The agreement was signed on Monday by Germany's Federal Minister for Education and Research Edelgard Bulmahn and her Indonesian counterpart Kusamayanto Kadiman in the capital Jakarta.

The system will use newly developed buoys and sensors placed on the seafloor to record wave movements, with data transmitted to research centres, which would then issue necessary warnings. The first buoys are to be placed along Indonesia's coast in October.

The system is expected to cost around USD 60 million (EUR 45 million).

According to Bulmahn, other affected countries in the region have also expressed an interest in cooperating with Germany on their early warning systems.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer offered to provide the technology to governments of tsunami-affected countries during his visits to the region in January.

DPA

Subject: German news

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