Based on writing and interviews done in June 2015 in the context of LIRNEasia’s events organized to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 2004 http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/12/22/Contributing-to-global-knowledge/.
The first multilingual trials of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) – a data format for exchanging public warnings and emergencies between alerting technologies – were carried out in Sri Lanka as part of the Hazard Information Project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
“It was an unexpected success,” says Samarajiva, a former telecoms regulator. He adds that, in recognition of the important role played by Sri Lankans in the development of this technical standard, a meeting of CAP experts from 20 countries took place in the coastal town of Negombo in June this year, with the discussions centring on:
> Advances in multiple links in the early warning chain;
> The sophisticated science behind improved detection and monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis; and
> Community readiness to receive public warnings and act appropriately.