This Office joined the observance of World Tsunami Observance Day on November 5 and 6, 2020. This year’s theme was, “Shake, drop or roar? Move away from the shore!, Tsunami Awareness, Community Preparedness, and Proper Response in the New Normal”. On the morning of November 5, 2020, DOST-PHIVOLCS held an Infosentro sa PHIVOLCS, an online press conference with USec Ricardo Solidum. The agency’s tsunami-related initiatives were presented to encourage and educate the community on how to initiate and sustain preparedness activities despite the pandemic. In the afternoon, DOST-PHIVOLCS
presented, Baybayin ng Pinas, sa Tsunami ‘di Ligtas (Tsunami Hazards and Risks in the Philippines), presented by Ms. Robelyn Mangahas, S
cience Research Specialist I. On the morning of November 6, 2020, was a presentation on, Tsunami – Ready Ka Na Ba? (Tsunami Preparedness and Proper Response), by Engr. Erlinton Olavere, Senior Science Research Specialist.
In summary, according to DOST-PHIVOLCS:
- All coastal areas of the Philippines are prone to tsunami whether local or distant.
- Most tsunami damage and destruction is caused by flooding, strong currents, wave
impacts, erosion, and floating debris (e.g., trees, structures, vehicles, and other things that can act like battering rams).
- Knowing the historical tsunamis and probable tsunami scenarios in the Philippines can help us prepare our coastal communities in case it happens.