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Service Change Notice 13-17

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

316 PM EST Thu Feb 28 2013


To:       - Tsunami Warning Focal Points

          - Tsunami National Contacts of the UNESCO/IOC Indian

            Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS)

          - Other International Recipients of Pacific

            Tsunami Warning Center products for the IOTWS

          - Family of Services

          - NOAA Weather Wire Service

          - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          - NOAAPORT


          Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From:     Andrew Stern

          Acting Chief, Meteorological Services Division


Subject:  Termination of Interim Advisory Service for Tsunamis by

          the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to Countries on the

          Indian Ocean, effective March 31, 2013


Effective March 31, 2013, at 0000 Coordinated Universal Time

(UTC), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center will terminate the

Interim Advisory Service for tsunamis provided to Indian Ocean

countries since 2005 following the December 26, 2004, Indian

Ocean tsunami.


This action was requested by the Intergovernmental Coordination

Group for the IOTWS in recognition of the fact that this service

can now be provided from Regional Tsunami Service Providers

within the region: Australia, India and Indonesia.  This request

was received via a letter dated January 18, 2013, from the

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic

Commission to the NWS Acting Assistant Administrator.


The following two products are to be terminated:


Tsunami Product                         WMO Heading   AWIPS ID


Tsunami Watch                           WEIO21 PHEB   TSUIOX

Tsunami Information Bulletin            WEIO23 PHEB   TIBIOX


Tsunami products for the Indian Ocean can now be found on the

following web pages:








For more information or comments on this change, please contact:


  Charles McCreery

  NOAA/NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

  91-270 Fort Weaver Road

  Ewa Beach, Hawaii  96822



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