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Parts of Sawadi coastal area to be evacuated for tsunami drill

GDN online desk

Muscat: Oman is taking part in a regional exercise organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) on September 4. 

As a part of the Indian Ocean Wave 18, the Sawadi coastal area in Barka will be evacuated for a simulated tsunami test in the Indian Ocean.

The exercise will simulate a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Iran, that will generate simulated tsunami waves travelling across the Indian Ocean basin towards the coast of the Sultanate in less than half an hour.

The exercise held every two years and is attended by all countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

Oman has previously participated in this exercise to test its readiness with tsunami risks.

The estimated height of the simulated wave will about 12 metres, flooding the beaches at 0600 hrs UTC on September 4.

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