Update on WMO activities in aftermath of earthquake in Japan

Update on WMO activities in aftermath of earthquake in Japan

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15 March 2011

The World Meteorological Organization has activated its Environmental Emergency Response mechanism in the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan.

The International Atomic Energy Agency requested the World Meteorological Organization to activate its Environmental Emergency Response mechanism on 12 March 2011 following the 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami. WMO is providing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with meteorological information. WMOs Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres in Asia (Beijing, Tokyo and Obninsk, Russian Federation) are closely monitoring the situation. These centres are responsible for developing predictions of the trajectories and spreading of contaminants following environmental accidents with cross-border implications. The information is made available to the IAEA and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of the immediate region concerned. Other Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres in other regions were also activated to provide guidance in their respective regions of responsibility.

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WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, interview with UNTV

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