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SOPAC representative says Cooks "quite well off"

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 10, 2008) - An assessment of the tsunami warning system in the Cook Islands begins today.

The assessment is funded by the Australian Government, and run through the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, visiting experts, and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission, or SOPAC, and Emergency Management Australia.

SOPAC’s disaster risk advisor, Noud Leenders says the assessment will look at how well the public can be warned of an impending tsunami.

He says the Cook Islands should be quite well off.

"Their communication systems are reasonably up to date, they have just gone through major legislation and disaster management restructuring over the past few years, with the help of ADB, for instance, and quite a lot of support form SOPAC at this point in time."

Noud Leenders.

The project runs from the 10th to the 13th of June.

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