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Earthquake early warning system tested

By M.ZOLJARGAL

On Thursday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tested its new earthquake early warning system in Ulaanbaatar, setting off sirens at 4 p.m. and instructing citizens on how to protect themselves and minimize possible earthquake related casualties in an emergency.
It was NEMA’s third time organizing the testing. However, this year’s scenario was different, as Mongolia’s earthquake warning system was upgraded three months ago as part of the government’s “Establishing Earthquake Warning System” 11.6 billion MNT project.
With the assistance of South Korea, Mongolia made upgrades and built 40 new siren towers on the roofs of tall buildings in the city for faster reports of disaster.
The testing on Saturday proved that the siren towers are fully operational.
NEMA officials broadcast disaster reports with emergency management vehicles, police cars and ambulance sirens as part of the training in outlying districts of the city without siren towers.
The training takes place every year in the fourth week of March to check the readiness of disaster warning systems and people’s knowledge about them, according to ordinances for disaster warning and evacuations in Mongolia.
If an earthquake is registered, the National Agency for Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Monitoring and the Research Center for Astronomy and Geophysics (RSAG) will formulate a disaster report that will be delivered to the Emergency Management and Reporting Center (EMRC) of NEMA.
The warning will be directly delivered to siren towers, Mongolian National Broadcaster (MNB), Mobicom, Skytel, Unitel, G-Mobile, Orbitnet company and radio stations for public notification.

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