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18 countries to join int'l effort to counter tsunami threats.

TOKYO, Oct. 9 Kyodo

Eighteen tsunami-prone countries will take part in an international effort next Wednesday to exchange information aimed at increasing awareness and preparedness for tidal waves in the Indian Ocean, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday.

The participating countries will tackle tsunami prevention measures domestically based on information the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center will deliver on the assumption that a magnitude-8 earthquake occurred off Indonesia's Sumatra Island.

The JMA will cooperate in drawing up training scenarios and relaying information, including the epicenter of the hypothetical tremor and the height of tidal waves, in the first such coordinated international effort.

The countries involved are Australia, Bangladesh, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, the Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

In a tie-up with the PTWC following the 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, the JMA currently supplies tsunami watch information to 26 countries along the Indian Ocean as well as 11 countries located in the northwestern Pacific region.
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