Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Tsunami alert SMS

The Malaysian government plans to use SMS for warning about imminent disasters like earthquakes and tsunami tidal waves. “As many people own hand-phones, SMS is the best and fastest way of communication to alert the public in the shortest possible time”, said the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Aziz added that telcos should allow the government to relay messages through SMS when the country was on the brink of a disaster. The idea of using the SMS has been proposed recently by the Finnish Embassy. Tuesday, when tremors caused by an undersea earthquake in West Sumatra were felt in several areas, the government used radio to warn people of the imminent tsunami danger.


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