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Japan sets up new disaster warning system
Publication Date : 31-08-2013
The Japan Meteorological Agency has instituted a new disaster warning system by adding the words “emergency warning” to all alerts when there is a risk of significant damage associated with natural phenomena.
The warnings will cover nine categories including volcanic eruptions and tsunami.
When warnings are issued, municipalities are obliged to alert residents to the warnings.
In cases of heavy rain or snow, the emergency warning will be issued when heavy rain or snow is predicted to reach to the level of intensity observed only once about every 50 years.
The new warnings will also cover large typhoons or extratropical cyclones when they are predicted to approach the nation. For earthquakes and tsunami, the definitions currently used for major tsunami and early earthquake warnings will be applied for the new emergency warning.
When torrential rains hit the Chugoku and Tohoku regions this summer, the agency had issued special warnings to residents four times ahead of the official start of the new system, saying the rains warranted the emergency warnings.