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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

North Shore City gets phone technology to warn of tsunami

CD North Shore City gets phone technology to warn of tsunami

"North Shore Civil Defence is introducing a phone system to warn people in low-lying areas if a tsunami is on its way.

The system would electronically phone almost 15,000 houses in less than an hour.

North Shore Civil Defence coordinator David Keay says the community has been asking for more effective warning systems since the December 26 tsunami in 2004.

He says they are now working with the North Shore City Council to implement the telephone service.

In the event of a tsunami, the council's call centre will electronically phone 3,600 numbers every 10 minutes and play a 20-second recorded message. The system will come into effect next year."

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