NOAA: Backup for key tsunami warning system online after days-long outage

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a key system has been down for days.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a key system has been down for days.(Hawaii News Now/file)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 10:26 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A “permanent cloud-based backup” is now online for a critical tsunami warning system that had been down for several days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

NOAA said the buoy data from the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis — also known as DART — system is now being processed and is available to forecasters.

Officials said they expedited the backup’s completion and data came back online Wednesday afternoon.

It is a full system with all the same features, NOAA added.

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The outage started March 9 when servers at NOAA’s headquarters were knocked offline after a water pipe burst at its Maryland headquarters, causing widespread flooding.

DART data wasn’t available until six days later, when crews were able to create a workaround.

The DART system uses buoys and devices to measure earthquakes and sea levels worldwide in real time.

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