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PostSubject: talk on Tsunami Warning, Mitigation and Public Preparedness   Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:25 pm

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PACE (Promoting Activities in Continuing Education)
2007 Second Series


Date:Sunday, 30 September 2007
Time: 2.30 – 4.30 p.m.
Venue: Penang Caring Society Complex(Kompleks
Masyarakat Penyayang)


Title: Tsunami Warning, Mitigation and Public Preparedness in Malaysiaby
Prof. Dato’
Dr. Dick Ho Sinn Chye

Wawasan Open University


Synopsis
On Wednesday 12 September 2007 a powerful sub-sea
quake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale occurred off the southwest coast of Indonesia's Sumatra, triggering
tsunami warnings in Indonesia,Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka.

Malaysian authorities issued a tsunami warning for citizens to stay away from beaches. The alert was directed at four coastal States: Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak, the same region hit by the December 26 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which was also generated by an Indonesian sub-sea quake.

Shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunami incident of Dec 2004, Malaysia has put in place a tsunami early warning system. What are the components and limitations of Malaysia’s tsunami early warning system? Who are the main players? What lessons have we learned from such natural disasters? What else needs to be considered or put in place?

The above are some of the questions that will be addressed by Prof. Ho who was a member of the Malaysian team which was involved actively in establishing the national tsunami early warning system of Malaysia.

The Speaker

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Dick Ho Sinn-Chye currently serves as the
Dean of the School of Science & Technology at Wawasan Open University. He was the founding Director of the National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI). Prior to his last two appointments, he served as a faculty member of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for 30 years. He was a Professor and former Dean of the School of Biological
Sciences at USM. Prof. Ho obtained his PhD degree from the University of Kiel, Germany in 1979. His PhD work was conducted at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany.

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