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Remembering the 1945 Makran Tsunami – Interviews with Survivors Beside the Arabian Sea

IOC-UNESCO announces the publication of Remembering the 1945 Makran Tsunami – Interviews with Survivors Beside the Arabian Sea. This booklet captures nearly 100 accounts of the 1945 Makran disaster as told by eye-witnesses and second-generation survivors in Pakistan, Iran, Oman and India. The publication is in English and versions in Farsi, Urdu, and Arabic will be available later in 2015. 

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The interviews were carried out between 2008 and 2014, chiefly under United Nations funded projects. Most of the accounts pertain to the 1945 tsunami, but testimony of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Arabian Sea tsunami of 24 September 2013 is also included.

The booklet and video footage from forty of the interviews are available at http://iotic.ioc-unesco.org/1945makrantsunami/.

The booklet has been produced by the IOC-UNESCO Secretariat for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) in Perth, Australia and the Indian Ocean Information Centre (IOTIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia under a project funded by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness.

NEAMWave14 successfully undertaken

The tsunami alert exercise that took place from the 28 to the 30 October in the Mediterranean, North-eastern Atlantic, and the Black Sea has been marked by a strong participation of the civil protection authorities. This simulation aimed at tturkey 1esting the preparedness of the countries participating in the NEAMTWS established by the IOC of UNESCO.

In comparison to the first test organized in 2012, more Civil Protection Authorities (from 5 to 14) took part in the exercise. This exercise has been also the occasion to test the mainstreaming into the NEAMTWS system of the standard operational procedures of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of the European Commission, which co-funds the exercise, for providing international assistance through the Union civil protection mechanism in case of major disasters.

For certain countries, e.g. Spain, Lebanon, Romania, UK, this exercise was the first occasion to establish contracts among the actors concerned with tsunami risk at national level.For the first time, countries bordering the Black Sea, like Romania and Russia, participated in the exercise.


During the exercise some communication issues has been identified, providing the opportunity to learn some lessons regarding, in particular, the use of some communication technologies.


The exercise, named NEAMWave14, simulated 4 earthquakes generating tsunamis in the Mediterranean, north-eastern Atlantic, and Black Sea. In total 20 countries, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom out of 39 NEAMTWS Member States took part in the exercise.

 

IOC-UNESCO-ISESCO Workshop Report

 

We are pleased to announced the release of the workshop report on "Improving Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response in the North-Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and Connected Seas" held on 23 and 24 September 2014 in Rabat, Morocco, and organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO together with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the UNESCO for the Maghreb based in Rabat, and the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique of Morocco.

 

The workshop gathered representatives of governmental, scientific and emergency management institutions from the Maghreb countries with the aim of presenting the recent developments of the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTWS), and preparing for the tsunami exercise, NEAMWave 14, which took place from 28 to 30 October 2014.

 

 

For more information, please visit: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230519m.pdf

 

 

El gobierno dominicano pone en vigencia manual de procedimiento en caso de tsunamis

The Dominican Republic government put into effect Tsunami Procedures Manual

 

El gobierno dominicano, con el apoyo de Naciones Unidas, puso en vigencia el Manual de Procedimientos Operacionales Normalizados (SOP) para salvar vidas y evitar pérdidas materiales en caso de tsunamis.

 

Durante un acto celebrado este lunes 27 de octubre en la Casa de Naciones Unidas, representantes del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE), del Instituto Sismológico Universitario (ISU-UASD) y de la Oficina Nacional de Meteorología (ONAMET) se comprometieron a velar por la implementación del manual que delimita las funciones de cada entidad en caso de tsunamis.

 

Esta actividad es apoyada por la UNESCO/COI y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en el marco del proyecto “Comunidades Resilientes a Sismos y Tsunamis en Puerto Plata” que cuenta con el financiamiento de la Dirección General de Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección Civil de la Comisión Europea y de la ONG española Anesvad.

 

La representante residente adjunta del PNUD, Luciana Mermet, anunció que el jueves 30 de octubre se realizará un  simulacro de evacuación junto el equipo de “Acción Tsunami” de Puerto Plata y del sector educativo de la provincia. La meta será evacuar a más de dos mil estudiantes de cinco centros escolares de Puerto Plata que se localizan en  zonas vulnerables a terremotos y tsunamis.

 

Mermet compartió la mesa principal con el subdirector del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia, Edwin Olivares, la directora de ONAMET, Gloria Ceballos, el representante del ISU, Félix Martínez, la oficial de programas de la Comisión Europea, Gina Sosa, la coordinadora de la Unidad de Gestión de Riesgos del Ministerio de Educación, Milagros Yost, el representante de la Comisión Nacional de Emergencia, José Alcántara y el Profesor Miguel Llivina de la Oficina de UNESCO en La Habana.

 

 

EXERCISE NEAMWave 14

NEAMTWS Secretariat is launching its Second Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise (NEAMWave 14) for the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and Connected Seas Region that will take place from 28 to 30 October.

Twenty-one countries out of the 39 involved in ICG/NEAMTWS will participate in the Exercise bringing them the opportunity to test the efficiency of the communication systems in charge of transmitting tsunami alerts and, in some countries, to ensure that the authorities in charge of public safety are prepared to face such a threat.

In order to prepare the participants and to inform the population, the Exercise Team has prepared the Manual Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise. The NEAMTWS Secretariat has developed the flyer Exercise NEAMWave 14.

For more information, please visit:

 

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Exercise NEAMWAVE 14: A tsunami warning and communication exercise for the North-Eastern Atlantic,
the Mediterranean, and Connected Seas Region, 28-30 October 2014, volume I: manual

 

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Flyer: Exercise NEAMWAVE 14: A Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise
for the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and Connected Seas Region,
28-30 October 2014

 

 

The second edition of the Post-Tsunami Survey Field Guide has been realeased

The second edition of the Post Tsunami Survey Manual has been released by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).   

This new Field Guide addresses developments in the tsunami field since 1998, and the expansion of International Tsunami Survey Team (ITST) efforts into disciplines and technologies not covered in the first Guide.  The Guide provides a flexible framework for undertaking post-tsunami surveys, their guiding principles, and protocols and a set of best practices and templates for individuals and groups considering forming, or participating, in post-tsunami surveys. 

 

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It can be downloaded at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002294/229456E.pdf

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