KARACHI: Metropolitan Karachi at risk of tsunami according to officials after a drill of major earthquake in the Indian Ocean.
The drill was carried out simulating another quake off Indonesia, to check an early-warning system. The early warning system was set up after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed more than 230,000 people.This exercise organised by the United Nations was based on a hypothetical 9.0-magnitude quake in the Makran Trench, where the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, off the coast of Pakistan.
The chief meteorologist Tauseef Alam, who supervised the tests, told that this would create waves of 0.9 to seven metres high (3-23 feet) that could reach Karachi in one and a half hours. He expressed concerns that, immensely powerful wave could wipe out the whole city. In the event of a tsunami, real-time data would be sent to the Met Office in Karachi from Indonesian, Australian and Indian centres.