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8 sirens throughout Tonga were switched on as part of the drill exercise in preparation for a tsunami

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 15/02/2017

Eight Sirens already installed throughout Tongatapu including one at Mo’unga’one were switched on this morning as part of the drill exercise in preparation for a tsunami, triggered by an earthquake.

Ministry of Meteorology, Environment, Information, Disaster, Energy, Communication and Climate Change or MEIDECC and Tonga Broadcasting Commission representing the media carried out a successful drill which was covered live on Radio Tonga One and Two.

Parliament deliberations this morning was cut off from its live coverage on Radio Tonga as part of the drill, because this will be the real situation during any emergency.

During a tsunami warning, Radio Tonga will cross directly to the Meteorological office at Fua’amotu to sound out the alert warning to the public.

The exercise today came after World Radio Day celebrated on Monday February 13th, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni saying the information provided by radio is always reliable and accurate.

There are 3 major roles or functions of a Radio broadcasting station, to inform, educate and entertain.

This is a portion of consultations made by officers of NEMO, MET office at Fua’amotu and Radio Tonga during the drill.

The test drill was successful.

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