J-Alert – New Japanese Satellite-based warning system

On Friday in Japan, a new satellite-based warning system called J-Alert went online in a small number of prefectures and towns as a test. The system is designed to send disaster warnings from Japan’s Meteorological Agency via satellite to local gpvernment offices, and is supposed to automatically activate warning sirens and emergency broadcast systems. This represents a significant change from the previous system, which relied on the local officials themselves to activate warning systems for disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, tsunamis and other emergencies only after they were notified.

If this test is successful, Japan plans to roll the system out for the entire country, and I am sure we will probably see other countries begin to test similar systems in the near future.

Via Yahoo!News


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