Launch of the Oman National Multi Hazard Early Warning System
The National Multi Hazard Early Warning System (NMHEWS) of Oman was designed to respond to national water-related hazards. Oman is subject to Makran tsunamis and far-field tsunamis from the Sunda Trench, tropical cyclones, and flash floods. Tropical cyclones in Oman caused more than 60 fatalities in 2007 (Gonu) and an estimate 727 deaths in 1890. Flash floods that pose hazards to life and property along wadis occur on most years.
The System was developed with the technical support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), through a collaboration that began in 2009. Since 2010, IOC-UNESCO and the Omani government have also been collaborating in the development of a Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS)as part of NMHEWS.
The system includes monitoring, data processing, Standard Operating Procedures. The collaboration included training and capacity building, as well as the installation and operation of sea-level stations.
The National Multi Hazard Early Warning System (NMHEWS) is being launched officially on 23 March in Muscat, Oman. The launch coincides with a regional Conference on Reducing Tsunami Risk in the Western Indian Ocean (22-23 March) and the Tenth Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWS-X) taking place on 24-26 March.