Unseen Japan: Japanese City Pioneers New Drone-based Warning System

Unseen Japan: Japanese City Pioneers New Drone-based Warning System. “The drones made by ACSL, a Tokyo-based robotics firm, are controlled over 4G LTE broadband. Upon receiving an alert from the J-Alert system, the drones are programmed to fly at an altitude of approximately 50 meters (approximately 164 feet)…. As they overfly the beaches of Sendai’s coastal Miyagino and Wakabayashi wards, they blast an alert siren, accompanied by a pre-recorded voice alert: ‘Tsunami keihō happyō. Tadachi ni hinan suru koto’ (‘A tsunami warning is in effect. Evacuate at once.’)”

New Zealand Herald: New Zealand tsunami database details history of monster waves and lost settlements

New Zealand Herald: New Zealand tsunami database details history of monster waves and lost settlements. “Monster 12-metre waves, an entire settlement swept out to sea, and a bridge lifted and dumped a kilometre upriver are a few examples of the might of tsunami that have struck New Zealand in the last two centuries. Toka Tū Ake EQC and GNS Science have combed hundreds of years worth of historical tsunami data to create a new public resource, detailing all recorded tsunamis since 1835.”

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards. “THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched a web-based tool that could provide information on tsunami hazards in an area. The GeoAnalytics is a web-based application that shows tsunami exposure analysis and visualization tool of a barangay or village, municipality and province, which can be used in disaster risk management.”