Panaji: A false tsunami warning siren in Porvorim, Goa, created panic among residents on Wednesday night. The siren blared for over 20 minutes, causing people to flee their homes and businesses.
The Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) located on a hillock in Porvorim was responsible for the false alert. The EWDS is designed to warn residents of a tsunami, but there was no tsunami warning issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) or the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).
The cause of the false alarm is still under investigation, but it is believed to be a technical glitch. The state Water Resources Department (WRD) has been tasked with investigating the incident.
The WRD has assured residents that there is no danger of a tsunami and that the siren was activated in error. The department has also asked residents to remain calm and not to spread rumours.