National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


FY 1986

Regional Tsunami Warning System (THRUST)

Bernard, E.N., and R.R. Behn

In Proceedings of the 17th Joint Panel Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Program in Wind and Seismic Effects, NBS IR 86-3364, National Bureau of Standards, 644–649 (1986)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has embarked on a 3-year project, Tsunami hazard Reduction Using System Technology (THRUST), to create a pilot regional tsunami warning system. THRUST, which is being funded by the Agency for International Development (AID) and developed by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) for the country of Chile, is utilizing existing instrumentation connected to satellite communication to establish an early warning system. All pre-event work has been completed including hazard map, numerical modeling simulations, and the creation of an emergency operating plan. Instrumentation design has been completed and bench testing is expected to begin in summer of 1985.

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