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IOWave16 Tsunami Exercise in Indonesia on 7 September

Indonesia is participating in the Indian Ocean-wide tsunami drill on September 7-8 to test standard operating procedures of emergency services. The exercise, referred to as IOWave16, involves a simulated magnitude 9.2 earthquake south of Sumatra and a following Indian Ocean tsunami simulation.

the IOWave16 tsunami exercise will assess operating procedures and communication links across all levels of the warning chain. In addition, community response is exercised through evacuation to designated safe spaces. In Indonesia, the exercise will be held on 7 September and span across Pacitan, Padang, Pendeglang and Pangandaran.

In total, 24 countries in the Indian Ocean region will be participating in the IOWave16 tsunami exercise, which is coordinated by the Intergovernmental Coordinationg Group of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

In Indonesia, the tsunami exercise is a collaborative effort between the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) with the support of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) of IOC/UNESCO, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), with the support of the Government of Japan.

Updates on IOWave16 can be found on the Tsunami Preparedness Platform and