Advancements of the International Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific

2015 marks fifty years since the establishment of the, in response to the 1960 magnitude 9.5 Chile earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds, without warning, across the Pacific.

The System has evolved and been built up over the decades with contributions from countries and organizations under the framework of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Working together, today’s System provides timely tsunami forecasts to all countries of the Pacific and its marginal seas. On April 20 – 24, Hawaii and the USA will host two events to both recognize past achievements and forge new priorities for continually improving mitigation and promoting community resiliency to tsunamis.  Ms. Laura K. Furgione,  NOAA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service (NWS), talked about those events on Wake Up 2day.

The IOC, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), and US will sponsor the International Symposium “Making the Pacific Ready for the Next Tsunami” on April 20- 21 at the new NOAA Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island, Oahu, and this will be followed by the 26th Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS) on April 22 – 24 in Waikiki.  For more information, visit

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