Taiwan's CWB to send test tsunami, earthquake alerts to mobile phones on Friday

4G cell phone users will receive test earthquake and tsunami alerts as part of Taiwan's National Disaster Preparedness Day

Images from Wikipedia (left) and flicker (right).

Images from Wikipedia (left) and flicker (right).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As part of National Disaster Preparedness day on Friday (Sept. 21), the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) will test the country's Public Warning System (PWS) by sending test tsunami and earthquake alerts that day.

On its Facebook page, the CWB at noon today announced that it will send two test text messages to all 4G mobile phone subscribers in Taiwan on Sept. 21. First, at 9:21 a.m., the CWB will release a message to test its earthquake warning announcement stating the following text in Chinese: "Earthquake warning rapid report test, earthquake imminent duck, cover and hold on."

Second, at 10:00 a.m., the CWB will send a message to test its tsunami warning notification with the following text in Chinese: "Tsunami warning test, tsunami imminent, immediately evacuate toward higher ground."

The CWB emphasized that people should not panic after receiving the test messages. During the drill, people are urged to practice taking steps to seek refuge, including the three steps for earthquake safety: "duck, cover and hold on."

The CWB stressed that in the event of an actual earthquake or tsunami, the real warning message would not have the words "National Drill," and people should immediately take the appropriate steps to seek refuge as previously stated for earthquakes and tsunamis.

The warning, along with more detailed information will also be displayed on the CWB website: http://www.cwb.gov.tw.

Same of earthquake warning (left), tsunami warning (right). (Image from CWB Facebook page)