Press Release
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

January 28, 2005

The Research Vessel "Natsushima" of JAMSTEC leave for Marine geology and geophysical survey in immediate response to the occurrence of the 2004 Off Western Coast of Sumatra Earthquake.

Contact information
Off Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami Survey Group
IFREE/DSR: Wonn Soh, Masa Kinoshita
Tel +81+46-867-9323 fax +81-46-867-9315
Public Relations: Kenichi Takahashi
Tel +81+46-867-9066 fax +81-46-867-9055

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC: President Y Kato) announces that JAMSTEC's R/V Natsushima will leave on Feb 2, 2005 for an offshore survey around the epicenter area of huge tsunamis causing unprecedented damage around the Indian Ocean.
The progress of this survey will be released on the JAMSTEC's Homepage as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, Feb.2 : Leave Taniyama Port(Kagoshima Prefecture)