$5.7million for disaster risk equipment
17:02 Wed Jul 04, 2012
Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
Fiji is getting a $5.7 million grant from the Japanese government to install equipment that will measure sea level as well as earthquakes.
The equipment should be able to detect and send warning signals to relevant authorities – should a tsunami or earthquake occur.
According to the Deputy Secretary for Energy Malakai Tadulala – sea tide measuring instruments will be installed in Labasa, Wairiki, Rakiraki, Korolevu in Serua and one at Natovi, Tailevu.
In addition – two automatic weather stations will be installed – one is Labasa and one in Laucala Bay, Suva.
At the same time – five satellite communication equipment or VSAT will be installed in Lakeba, Moala, Ono-i-Lau, Viwa and Vunikodi in Vanua Levu.
One wind propeller will be installed at the Nadi airport.
Tadulala says all the equipment will be linked through the Japanese Meteorological satelite to various other Met agencies including Hawaii, USA and the Pacific region.
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