Megathrust exercise improves regional preparedness

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  • Air Quality - Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Blizzard - Kangirsuk, Québec, Canada

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  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

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  • Flood - SE of San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

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  • Flood - NW of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

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  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

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  • Flood - N of Rosario, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, Argentina

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  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, NW of Magdalena River, Colombia

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  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

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  • Flood - Totness, Coronie, Suriname

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  • Snowfall - Mistassini, Québec, Canada

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  • High Wind - Gaspe, Québec, Canada

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  • Flood - Amazon Basin, W of Mamore River, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru

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  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

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  • Flood - Mahakam Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

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  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

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  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

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  • Flood - NE of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

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  • Flood - W of Bengawan Solo Basin, Indonesia

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  • Extreme Cold - Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

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  • Extreme Cold - Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

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  • Extreme Cold - Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

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  • Flood - Ganges Basin, NE of Penner River, India and Bangladesh

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, W of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

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  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Aqtöbe and Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

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  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

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  • Severe Weather - Little Current, Ontario, Canada

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  • Flood - N of Baoshan, Southwest China

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  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

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  • Flood - Thanjavur, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India

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  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

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  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, Yangtze, Yalong Jiang and Duke He Rivers, China

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia and Vietnam

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

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  • Flood - S of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

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  • Flood - E of Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar

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  • Flood - E of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

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  • Flood - Conakry, Conakry, Guinea

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  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

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  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

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  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

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  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

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  • Flood - Antsiranana, Antsiranana, Mahajanga and Toamasina, Madagascar

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  • Flood - Abhe Bad Basin, Eastern Africa

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

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  • Flood - Itapicuru Basin, Brazil

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  • Flood - Buzi Basin, N of Buzi River, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

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  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

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  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

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  • Flood - Indus Basin, Afghanistan and Pakistan

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  • Flood - Hingol Basin, W of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad

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  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

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  • Flood - Qiantang Jiang Basin, China and Taiwan

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

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  • High Wind - SW of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

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    19 hours ago ADVISORY

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  • Blowing Snow - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Floods - Catabato Province, Philippines

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

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  • Floods - Chiba, Japan

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  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

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  • Severe Weather - East Java Province, Indonesia

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Italy

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  • Flood - Syracuse, NY Region, United States

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  • Storms - Brazil

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  • Landslides - Catabato Province, Philippines

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Western Venezuela

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Vietnam

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Reykjanes Ridge

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  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

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  • Snowfall - W of Berens River, Manitoba, Canada

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  • High Wind - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

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  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

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  • Extreme Cold - South Korea

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  • Storms - Southern India

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  • Drought - Tonga

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - Kermadec Islands region

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

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  • Severe Weather - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

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  • Flood - E of Barcelos, North Brazil

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  • Flood - SW of Remanso, Bahia, Brazil

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  • Flood - SE of Derby, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Flood - NW of Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

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  • Flood - NE of Samut Songkhram, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam

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  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Kermadec Islands region

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous, China

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - SE of Hanjiang Xixi Basin, Philippines

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kuantan Basin, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Cuyuni Basin, S of Cuyuni River, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

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  • Flood - SE of Hari Basin, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Parana Basin, Paraguay and Cuiaba Rivers, Brazil and Bolivia

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  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Baluchistan and Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - E of Tucupita, Delta Amacuro, Venezuela

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  • Flood - Medan, Aceh and Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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  • Cholera - Haiti

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  • Flood - NE of Kinabatangan Basin, Philippines

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  • Flood - W of Pannawonica, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Flood - Hanggin Houqi, Nei Mongol and Ningxia Hui, China

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, SE of Irrawaddy River, India and Myanmar

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  • Flood - Aral Sea Basin, Southern Asia and Central Asia

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  • Flood - E of Baoding, Hebei, China

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  • Flood - W of Atrek Basin, Western Asia, Southern Asia and Caspian Sea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Quelimane, Nampula and Zambezia, Mozambique

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    4 weeks ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Oum Hadjer, Batha, Chad

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Changuinola Basin, Costa Rica and Panama

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  • Flood - Volta Basin, W of White Volta River, Ghana and Togo

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Limbe, Sud-Ouest, Cameroon

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of San Juan de Nicaragua, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Puelo Basin, Puelo and Manso Rivers, Argentina and Chile

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 274 km SSW of Lajes das Flores, Portugal

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Storms - South Island, New Zealand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Paraguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Alaid, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Santa Maria, Guatemala

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Merapi, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drinking Water - NW of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

    1 week ago ADVISORY

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

April 22, 2014

The Government of Indonesia’s (GoI) National Disaster Management Agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, BNPB) hosted a series of capacity building activities this year, during the Mentawai Megathrust Disaster Relief Exercise 2014 (MM DiREx). The activities largely took place in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, March 17–23, and centered on a fictional 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Siberut Island, in the Mentawai Island group. The scenario included both the earthquake and a resulting 10-meter tsunami impacting approximately 1.3 million people .

The event was themed Strengthening Collaboration and Partnership in Disaster Response to Build a Resilient Region, and included both a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Field Training Exercise (FTX) with the participation of around 3,700 personnel from 17 countries and international organizations. This broad level of stakeholder engagement will help advance national preparedness goals. This is critical as the Indonesian region is located between three tectonic plates and is renowned for its high risk to geological disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Specifically, such disaster mitigation exercises allow participating agencies to test and refine emergency protocols, especially those requiring interagency communication and coordination.

Participants worked to expand decision making capabilities within the incident command system, evaluate coordination and planning for emergency response, enhance international cooperation, and strengthen information sharing mechanisms via the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS), and the newly released early warning and decision support system, InAWARE, which is based on Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC) DisasterAWARE platform.  InAWARE is being deployed and operationalized within BNPB under U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) funding.

PDC Geospatial Information Specialist John Livengood supported BNPB staff in the utilization of InAWARE and provided help in using the customized system to track scenario injects, as well as assisting in the development and dissemination of daily situation reports.  Additionally, information, such as status of critical facilities, response teams, and command post updates were added to InAWARE and overlaid with inundation maps and baseline infrastructure to produce a common operating picture.

Indonesian Vice President Boediono attended the event on March 21. Other GoI authorities were also represented, including BNPB, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysics (Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika, BMKG), the National Search and Rescue Agency (Badan SAR Nasional, BASARNAS), the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia, TNI), and the Ministry of Public Works (Pekerjaan Umum, PU) along with various regional authorities. In addition, international participants representing Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and the U.S. were engaged, as well as international organizations, including ASEAN’s Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the World Food Programme (WFP), and Mercy Corps.

For additional information about the MM DiREx:
• Find background information on their event site.
• View a Jakarta Post article on Relief Web.

To find more disaster-related news and information on Indonesia, explore these links:
• Learn about the deployment of InAWARE at BNPB.
• See how InAWARE was highlighted during a UN-SPIDER meeting.
• Read about the InAWARE kickoff workshop in Jakarta. 
• Look over information about the Great Sumatra Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami.

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