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Tsunami Alarm at the Japanese coast

Tsunami Alarm System over Mobile Phones warned citizens just in time



Tübingen/Germany, November 16th, 2005. The Tsunami Alarm System for everybody has successfully passed its first practical test. Yesterday at 7:38 am (21:38 UTC) a seaquake happened with a magnitude of 7.3 near the Japanese coast. Only a few minutes later the Tsunami Alarm System warned of the risk of a high tide.

The seaquake occured about 220 miles off the east coast of Honshu, Japan. Not until one hour later local radiostations reported the seaquake. At the same time the tsunami wave had reached the japanese coast. Fortunately the wave only reached a height of one foot at the coast of the Japanese island.

In future, travellers and residents will be warned in time of catastrophes like the tsunami, that occurred a year ago in Asia, with the world-wide unique tsunami alarm system for everyone. In every reachable place in the world, people can receive a message on their mobile phone in case there is a threat to their lives in places where they are. They only have to register their mobile phone with the Tsunami Alarm System and in the event of an alarm it will send a message that cannot be ignored.


Tsunamis are caused by the sudden displacement of huge bodies of water. Most tsunamis are the result of earthquakes or seaquakes, or are set off after submarine landslides. The term "tsunami" is Japanese and means "big wave in the harbour". Tsunamis can travel at speeds up to 1000 km/h, or close to 17 kilometres a minute.

Measuring stations all around the world operate day and night to be able to warn quickly and reliably of tsunamis: Seismic sensors measure the earth tremors. Pressure and velocity sensors in the oceans detect fast changes of water bodies in the sea. Advance warning systems check first alarm signals. With the Tsunami alarm system, users can visit popular holiday destinations at the seaside now without having to worry about their safety or life and health of family and children travelling with them. Subscribers to the Tsunami Alarm System receive a warning on their mobile phones, promptly and virtually anywhere in the world. Users can be sure that the Tsunami Alarm System does not overlook any warning messages and that a warning will set off an alarm on his mobile phone as soon as possible.

Despite the complex technologies behind the alarm system, it is very easy to use for subscribers. Coastal residents, tourists, business travellers, employees of companies working in coastal regions, for example tour guides, can subscribe to the Tsunami alarm system by simply entering the number of their mobile phone on the web site, thus quickly enabling the alarm system on their phone. Nothing has to be installed or downloaded. As the system is so easy to use, some international companies are already interested in providing their employees with the Tsunami alarm system to offer them additional security for their stay in coastal regions. 

The Tsunami alarm system works wherever the user can connect to a GSM mobile phone network, even in developing countries and in remote areas. The tsunami alarm system uses “Flash SMS” messaging which “pushes” the message onto the front screen of the phone even if it is being used.

The Tsunami alarm system was invented and developed by the German scientists Professor Dr. Eduard Heindl, Heindl Internet AG in Tübingen/Germany and Professor Dr. Wolfram Reiners, 3M Future Ltd, Konstanz/Germany. Both are constantly surveying the quality of the system and are developing it further through their research to the benefit of subscribers. While the research results have been filed for patent protection in Germany, further patents are in preparation.

An international combination of companies from Germany, South Africa and the Caribbean was formed to be able to offer the high-tech rescue system to the market. Heindl Internet AG has more than ten years of experience in the field of internet technology. 3Mfuture Ltd. is responsible for technological research and research for the alarm logic, the management of a network of sales partners, the co-ordination of the market strategy of the joint venture and deals with payment security. The company is based in Charlestown, Nevis in the Caribbean and has a branch office in Konstanz/Germany. PhiBlue Mobile Ltd. In South Africa is responsible for research into the effective distribution of the alarms.

Customers can subscribe to the tsunami alarm system on the web site The one-year subscription costs only 29,95 Euro. There is also a monthly subscription for holidaymakers available for the price of 9.95 Euro.

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About the Tsunami alarm system:

The idea of a tsunami alarm system arose in December 2004 in the aftermath of the devastating destruction of the Tsunami catastrophe in the Indian Ocean. The German professor Eduard Heindl and professor Wolfram Reiners wanted to use modern information technology to be able to warn people in time in case of similar occurrences, thus being able to better protect human life in the future. To achieve this, many systems must work together. The technical details of the Tsunami alarm system are filed for patent protection at the German patent office. Tsunami Alarm System is a joint venture between 3MFuture Ltd., Heindl Internet AG and PhiBlue Mobile Ltd., under the presidency of Wolfram Reiners und Eduard Heindl


For further information: Heindl Internet AG, Prof. Dr. Eduard Heindl, Hintere Grabenstr. 30, 72070 Tübingen, Germany

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