Indian Ocean tsunami info halted

Kyodo

The Meteorological Agency stopped providing tsunami warning notifications to nations facing the Indian Ocean at 9 a.m. Sunday after a newly built international tsunami warning system took over.

Japan began the information service in March 2005 in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people after a quake off Sumatra. Since then, the agency has issued tsunami information 52 times directed at 26 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran and Kenya.