Chennai, Oct 13(ANI): A tsunami mock drill, codenamed Exercise IOWAVE 11, was conducted along the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry by UNESCO's Inter-governmental Oceanographic Commission on Wednesday.
The drill, which did not disrupt the fishermen's routine outing onto the high seas, was projected to visualize a tsunami of 9.2-magnitude earthquake originating in the northwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia in the early morning hours.
The exercise was conducted according to the guidelines of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and was monitored by the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Center (ITEWC) located at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Apart from Indian Coast Guard and NDMA, experts from Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Home Ministry, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and disaster management agencies of all coastal states also participated in the exercise.
The Inter-governmental Oceanographic Commission has also formulated Indian Ocean tsunami advisories to be handed over to the Regional Tsunami Advisory Service Providers (RTSPs) of the region (India, Australia and Indonesia).