Friday, March 11, 2011

Will Tsunami Hit Singapore

Will Tsunami Hit Singapore

Will Singapore get hit by a tsunami...i think a guy from NUS or something mentioned that Singapore is not tsunami-proof.

But i read this on the NEA website:

Our geographical position and the relatively shallow waters of the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea make it highly unlikely that we will be affected by a tsunami caused by an earthquake in the region. We are also located away from the tropical cyclone belt and earthquake epicentres which makes us at a low risk of being affected by these natural calamities.

but what i've learnt from the Mas Selamat case is that anything can happen here...

Sheltered from the extremes of weather, climate and water, Singapore is fortunate that we are not subjected to such disasters. Our geographical position and the relatively shallow waters of the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea make it highly unlikely that we will be affected by a tsunami caused by an earthquake in the region. We are also located away from the tropical cyclone belt and earthquake epicentres which makes us at a low risk of being affected by these natural calamities. Notwithstanding this, MSD is enhancing our early warning systems to ensure that we are prepared should such incidents affect us.


Study confirms Singapore safe from tsunami


While being hit by a tsunami does not rate as one of the greatest fears of Singaporeans, the repercussions of being caught unawares will no doubt be devastating.

It was with this in mind that, after the destructive Indian Ocean tsunami struck in 2004, the National Environment Agency (NEA) with the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University embarked on a study to evaluate the probability and impact of a tsunami on Singapore.


Tsunami response plan

While the potential of a tsunami impact on Singapore is low, those at unprotected beach areas can still be exposed to some risk in the event of a tsunami.

NEA has developed a tsunami response plan with the cooperation of the relevant agencies, namely the Singapore Police Force, Maritime Port Authority (MPA), Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC).

Due to our sheltered geographical location, there is an expected long lead time before the first wave arrives in Singapore.

The Tsunami Response Plan is able to leverage on this lead time to provide early alerts to the public, and activate evacuation at the vulnerable public beach areas.

In terms of specific roles, NEA will continue to monitor the regional seismic activities for possible occurrence of tsunamis.

In the event that a tsunami is assessed to affect Singapore, NEA will issue early alerts and warnings to the respective agencies and provide the public with information on the tsunami.

The police and SDC will ensure that the public at the vulnerable public beach areas are alerted and facilitate the evacuation from these areas.

The agency also advises the public to stay away from these unprotected beach areas and heed the advisory to evacuate should a tsunami warning be issued.

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