PHIVOLCS and Province of Albay Commemorate 200-years of 1814 Mayon Volcano Eruption, 26-27 June 2014, Legaspi, Albay
Friday, 18 July 2014 06:53

Legaspi, Albay. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in partnership with the Province of Albay commemorated the 200-years anniversary of the 1814 Mayon Volcano Eruption on 26-27 June at the La Piazza Hotel, Legaspi, Albay.

Eruptions from Mayon Volcano that people remember date back to 1968, 1978, 1984, 1993, 2000-2001, 2006 and 2009. What most people are probably not aware of is that, two hundred years ago, on 01 February 1814, Mayon Volcano gave one of its biggest, most destructive eruptions. This event affected the southern slope of the volcano, specifically Camalig, Cagsaua, Budiao and Guinobatan and resulted to 1,200 casualties. The ruins of Cagsaua Church wherein only the bell tower remains standing is a reminder and testimony of this disaster.

The 2-day conference was held to provide venue to hold a meeting of experts from different fields to share knowledge and experience. To have a science, historical and social perspectives, invited presentations  had topics ranging from understanding Mayon’s eruptive history, status of volcano monitoring  and practices in  disaster risk reduction and management in the local government levels.  What is more important is to be able to use these knowledge and prepare for possible eruptions that may be bigger than what have been experienced in the last 60 years. To familiarize the participants with hazards of eruptions and monitoring being done on the volcano and the preparedness by the local government, a whole-day field visit at several significant sites was organized. Some of the sites visited were:  PHIVOLCS Lignon Hill Observatory, 1814 deposit at Mabinit Channel, the Muon Telescope installed at the Mayon Resthouse Observatory and the evacuation center in Santo Domingo.

The conference was attended by representatives from PHIVOLCS led by Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr., and from the different local government  units around Mayon Volcano led by Honorable Gov Joey Salceda.

Participants learn about the volcano monitoring system at PHIVOLCS Mayon Lignon Hill Observstory. PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr discusses the IPCam installed at Mayon-Lignon HIll Observatory to be able to monitor the volcano activity in real-time even at the Quezon City office.
Group Photo: Participants of the 200 Year Commemoration of the 1814 Mayon VOlcano Eruption. Participants were introduced to the 1814 deposit (behind)
The Muon Telescope installed at the Mayon Resthouse Observatory. Participants visit the Mayon Resthouse Observatory.
Earthquake Impact Assessment Methodologies: Exposure Database Development and Calculations Workshop for Region II and III State Universities and Colleges
Monday, 16 June 2014 01:20

PHIVOLCS conducted another workshop entitled “Earthquake Impact Assessment Methodologies: Exposure Database Development and Calculations” for the Region II and III State Colleges and Universities (SUCs). This activity is in line with the Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development Project, which is being funded by DOST-PCIEERD, and which PHIVOLCS is providing the technical expertise.

Dr.Bartolome Bautista and Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista assisting  participants during the workshop.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 02:38

On 15 November 1994, at 3 in the morning, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the Island of Mindoro. The event generated a 6-meter high tsunami that hit the coastal areas of Mindoro Oriental specifically Calapan, Baco, San Teodoro, and Puerto Galera in less than 10 minutes.

In commemoration of this event, the Province of Mindoro Oriental and PHIVOLCS have joined hands to engage in a year-long set of activities, the launching of which started last 15 November 2013 during the founding anniversary of the province.

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3 June 2014. Press Briefing about the ongoing collaborative activities between PHIVOLCS-DOST and Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro for the observance of the Commemoration of the 20th year Anniversary of the 15 November 1994 M 7.1 Earthquake and Tsunami,
Ms Rowena Sanz- Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor and PDRRMO, representing Hon Gov Alfonso V Umali Jr and Ms Mylene Martinez-Villegas, Chief Science Research Specialist representing PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. facilitated the press briefing
Ms Joan Salcedo presents the earthquake and tsunami readiness of the community during the workshop
LGU participants actively answer the table-top exercise on Scenario Earthquake & Tsunami

As part of this collaboration, this week, a seminar for the DRRM officials of municipalities of Oriental Mindoro will be conducted. This is just the beginning as the list of planned  activities from July until November 2014 includes roving exhibit, school-based activities (poster-making, essay-writing, conduct of drills), teachers’ training, and community-based activities- (putting up of tsunami evacuation signages, conduct of community-tsunami drills).Allthese activities aimed at reminding the residents of the Province, of the impacts of earthquake and tsunami event, especially the lessons learned that can be applied for preparedness.  Highlights of the year-long observation will be LGUs getting familiar with the location of the Aglubang Fault through a walk-the-fault activity, putting up of Tsunami Memorial Markers in most affected areas, where the public can see and be reminded of the event.

Exposure Database Development and Earthquake Risk Calculations Workshop for Region XI SUCs under Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development Project
Friday, 02 May 2014 03:21

PHIVOLCS conducted a two-day workshop entitled “Earthquake Risk Assessment Methodologies: Exposure Database Development and Calculations” for the Region XI State Colleges s and Universities (SUCs).  This activity is in line with the Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development Project, which is being funded by DOST-PCIEERD, and which PHIVOLCS is providing the techncial expertise.  The workshop was held at the University of Southeasthern Philippines (USEP), Obrero, Davao City from  April 10-11, 2014.  Participants from USEP, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Davao del Norte State College (DNSC), Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) and UP Mindanao attended the workshop. The workshop aimed to teach the participants how to extract exposure information from their building survey and how to use said information for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

Aside from their own surveyed data, the participants were taught also how to derive building information from the national statistics data to make it useful for risk assessment.  The impact estimation module is now built-in into REDAS software and using the software, participants were able to compute earthquake risk for a  M8.3 March 14, 1924 scenario. They were able to visualize the map in REDAS and in Quantum GIS. Resource speakers and facilitators during the workshop were led by PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista and supported by Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Janila B. Deocampo, Johnlery P. Deximo, Abigail A. Polintan and Dave Andrei Rivera.

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