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China holds drill to test tsunami defense system

(Xinhua)

10:46, November 11, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) on Thursday held a tsunami-warning drill for testing the country's tsunami defense system.

The drill was an integral part of the pan-Pacific exercise -- code-named "Exercise Pacific Wave 11" -- initiated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO, according to an unnamed official with the SOA.

At about 8:26 a.m., a mock 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit near the Manila Trench, an ocean trench in the South China Sea, west of the Philippines.

At 8:30 a.m., China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center sounded the earthquake alarm. The quake then aroused a massive tsunami approaching China's coastal regions, including Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian.

For the first time, the center also conducted a damage assessment and reminded local governments about emergency evacuations of affected people.

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