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Tsunami Drill and Barangay IEC held in Brgy. Botbot, Pandan under PHIVOLCS READY project: Establishment of Community-based Early Warning System for Tsunami in Antique Province
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:00

A barangay IEC on tsunami preparedness and drill was held in Brgy Botbot covered court, Pandan, Antique last August 20, 2016 followed by a barangay-wide tsunami drill on 21 August 2016 under the PHIVOLCS READY project on “Establishment of Community-based Early Warning System for Tsunami for Province of Antique. Brgy Botbot is one (1) of the fifteen (15) coastal barangays of Pandan, Antique with a total population of 1,070 (2016 census). Brgy Botbot will serve as a pilot area in the “Establishment of Community-based Early Warning System for Tsunami in Antique province.

Brgy Captain Gerundio Ocheda of Brgy Botbot, Pandan

IEC held in Brgy. Botbot, Pandan

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PHIVOLCS conduct a Trainers’ training on the Establishment of Community-based Early Warning System for Tsunami (CBEWS for Tsunami) in Antique province under READY project
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:55

August 17, 2016, a trainers training on the establishment of community-based early warning system for tsunami was conducted in Antique province. The one (1) day activity was held in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. Opening remarks was delivered by Vice Governor Edgar Denosta of Antique Province for the said activity. The trainers training was attended by representatives of fourteen (14) coastal town of Antique out of fifteen (15) composed of municipal DRRM officers, planners and social welfare officer of each municipality. Representatives from Provincial DRRM office of Antique participated also on the trainer’s training.

The objective of the ToT was to prepare the coastal communities of Antique thru the establishment of CBEWS for Tsunami by training trainers from different municipality on Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness.

Participants group photo with Vice Governor Denosta 

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PRESS RELEASE: PHIVOLCS COMMEMORATES THE 1976 MORO GULF EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI THROUGH DISASTER AWARENESS AND PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 13:37

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) commemorates the 40th year of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami.

On August 17, 1976 at 12:11 AM (PST), a magnitude-8.1 earthquake generated by the movement along the Cotabato trench hit the island of Mindanao. The earthquake caused damage and collapse of houses and buildings. However, the tsunami that affected 700 kilometers of coastline bordering Moro Gulf in the North Celebes Sea brought the most destruction.

The off-shore earthquake produced a massive tsunami killing about 6000 people making it the most disastrous tsunami to hit the Philippines. People were mostly asleep and were only awakened by the strong shaking. About five minutes after the earthquake, a rumbling sound was heard from the shore, and three to four succeeding waves hit the coastal areas. Some were not able to immediately evacuate to higher grounds.

 

Waves as high as nine (9) meters struck the town of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat. It inundated almost all coastal towns of provinces bordering Moro Gulf such as Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi and  cities of Cotabato and Zamboanga.

On the 40th year of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami, PHIVOLCS will be conducting a School Fair at Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Zamboanga City on August 18 – 19, 2016. PHIVOLCS-DOST aims to promote geologic hazard awareness and preparedness among the students. Moreover, a seminar-workshop entitled Orientation and Knowledge Sharing for Partner Agencies on Volcano, Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction: Seminar-Workshop for KBP Partners on the use of Broadcasters’ InfoChart on Emergency Preparedness will be held to capacitate the media on how to effectively disseminate information about earthquake, tsunami and its hazards on August 20, 2016 at LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City.

PHIVOLCS encourages everyone to look back and remember not only the tragedy, but also the lessons we learned. Awareness and preparedness would increase our chances against natural hazards and disasters. Through the continuous monitoring, and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign of PHIVOLCS, let us keep our communities safe from and resilient to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and other related hazards.

 

>>Click here to download the PRESS RELEASE.

 

For more information contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Director

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

PHIVOLCS Bldg., C.P. Garcia Ave., UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City

Tel. No: (02) 926 2611 or (02) 426-1468 to 79

www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph

 
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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