Tsunami early warning system launched in Lisbon
Portugal’s Minister of the Sea said the new early warning system for tsunamis, that now has been installed in Lisbon, represents an increase of security for the population at a cost of "only one million euros."
Ana Paula Vitorino was speaking at the inauguration of the new system at the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere.
The minister explained that the Portuguese population now will be able to get more information about possible tsunamis and that the equipment serves to improve the emergency response and coordination from the National Civil Protection Authority.
Eduardo Cabrita, the Minister of Internal Administration, commented, “The tsunami early warning centre is part of the effort to coordinate the weather service and the National Civil Protection Authority. Portugal must be at the heart of the best of global scientific networks,” since “tsunamis are not something distant and exotic.”
Cabrita recalled that “the 1755 earthquake resulted in one of the largest tsunamis ever recorded,” and that the early warning system, which Portugal now is part of, was launched with the help of UNESCO in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that affected Indonesia and other parts of Asia.”
The two ministers cut the ribbon and unveiled a sign commemorating the start of the new service.
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