COUNTRIES bordering the Pacific Ring of Fire are preparing for the effects of a devastating tsunami wave.
Nations around the ocean rim will test their capacity to handle a major tsunami in an emergency exercise from February 15 to 17.
The crucial demonstration is to identify possible shortcomings in a system designed to forewarn of an impending disaster from the Pacific Ocean that could threaten hundreds of thousands of lives.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System was set up by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
Dubbed PacWave17, the exercise foresees several scenarios for earthquakes off the many coasts.