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PHIVOLCS launches PHIVOLCS-LAVA
Monday, 25 July 2016 18:06

PHIVOLCS now launches PHIVOLCS-LAVA (Local Active Volcanoes Archive), a web-accessible database that hosts PHIVOLCS’ volcanological data for Mayon Volcano with website address at http://wovodat.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph). PHIVOLCS-LAVA builds upon the global standard set down by WOVODat, the Worldwide Organization of Volcano Observatories Database. Developed by the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the WOVODat schema was adopted by PHIVOLCS in 2012 and customized by its Volcano Database and Management Section to fit local data requirements and processes. PHIVOLCS-LAVA is currently set to provide public access to the first tranche of its data and contribute this seamlessly to the WOVODat online database. PHIVOLCS works hand in hand with EOS as its pioneering partner in implementing the WOVODat schema in order to pave the way for the implementation of a global standard in volcano monitoring database development.

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PHIVOLCS SUPPORTS NSED AND MM SHAKE DRILL
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:40

Stakeholder's Notice

As the agency mandated to monitor and study earthquakes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) encourages everyone to participate in the 2nd quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) and the 2nd annual Metro Manila Shake Drill on June 22 at 9 in the morning. PHIVOLCS pushes for the continued promotion of Earthquake awareness and preparedness since it introduced the conduct of earthquake drills in schools way back 2002.


In Quezon City Main Office, PHIVOLCS will participate in the Earthquake Drill to show its support to the Pagyanig 2016 and MM Shake Drill, and to encourage everyone not only to join the drill but also to increase their knowledge about Earthquakes, their hazards and how to prepare for them.

The Earthquake Drill will simulate a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake from the West Valley Fault. At 9:00 AM, radio stations will be sounding the earthquake alert which will signal the start of the drill. Participants would do the duck, cover, and hold technique and will evacuate to the designated evacuation areas. Possible earthquake scenarios will be staged to show and test the disaster response plan such as the National Disaster Response Plan and the Oplan Metro Yakal Plus.‪ #‎Pagyanig‬ ‪#‎MMShakeDrill

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PHIVOLCS conducts REDAS Training for its Staffs
Monday, 13 June 2016 09:12

PHIVOLCS conducted a five-day training entitled "Capacity Enhancement of PHIVOLCS Staffs on Hazard, Risk, and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software" from May 23 – 27, 2016 for PHIVOLCS staffs. The training was held at the Auditorium, PHIVOLCS, Quezon City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for risk assessment.  The training also aims to equip PHIVOLCS staffs with knowledge and skills that can help them facilitate future REDAS trainings.

There was a total of 44 participants during the training. Twenty-five (25) of them are from the SOEPD, 15 from the GGRDD, 3 from VMEPD and one from GDAPD. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.8Y which was later upgraded to REDAS 2.8Z before the training ended. A total of 39 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event.

Group Picture of the REDAS PHIVOLCS 2016 Participants

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BULUSAN VOLCANO BULLETIN 10 June 2016 12:20 P.M.
Friday, 10 June 2016 12:35

Bulusan Volcano (12.7667°N, 124.0500°E) generated a steam-driven explosion at 11:35 AM today. The event lasted for approximately 5 minutes based on the seismic record and produced approximately 2.0 kilometer-high grayish ash plume that drifted towards the northwest.

Bulusan Volcano Eruption: 10June2016 #BulusanVolcano

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano. This indicates that hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions. The local government units and the public are reminded that entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions. Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. Furthermore, people living within valleys and along river/stream channels especially on the southwest and northwest sector of the edifice should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall. DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Bulusan Volcano’s condition and any new development will be relayed to all concerned.

 

 
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