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23 Mar 2017 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

SENDAI, Japan, 23 March 2017 – Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.

22 Mar 2017 description

Over 7,000 persons moved to tsunami safe locations today as part of the annual earthquake and tsunami simulation exercise – ‘CARIBE WAVE 17’.

This year’s figure sets a new record for the Territory, since participation in the regional exercise began in 2009.

CARIBE WAVE 17 provided an opportunity for the Territory to improve its tsunami warning system’s effectiveness and awareness by testing contingency plans, and promoting tsunami preparedness for critical entities.

17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.

13 Mar 2017 description

A tsunami early warning exercise will take place in the countries bordering the Caribbean Sea on 21 March to assess and update their reactivity. The exercise will test the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).

10 Mar 2017 description


1. Información de país y análisis de contexto

03 Mar 2017 description

On February 16, 2017 the community of Cedeño (population 4363), a popular tourist destination along the Pacific Coast of Honduras, was recognized as Tsunami Ready by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. It is the first community in Honduras, Central America, and in the Pacific to receive the designation. The Pacific Tsunami Ready program is being piloted by ITIC in interested countries of UNESCO IOC's Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS).

02 Mar 2017 description


  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

24 Feb 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

PARIS, 24 February 2017 – Deploying the power of technology worldwide and ensuring that communities know how to act in an emergency are the keys to curbing the risks posed by tsunamis, experts said this week.

Senior officials from the world’s regional tsunami alert centres have spent the past four days taking stock of progress in the development and implementation of warning and mitigation systems.

22 Feb 2017 description

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.

17 Feb 2017 description

Nota de Prensa No. 019-2017


Cedeño recibe reconocimiento Tsunami Ready       

::::: Copeco con apoyo internacional realizó el primer simulacro regional con pobladores y cuerpos de socorro de la zona

Cedeño se convirtió hoy en la primera comunidad Tsunami Ready de Honduras al cumplir con los requisitos de preparación y respuesta ante un fenómeno de este tipo.

13 Feb 2017 description

Countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean will test their capacity to handle a major tsunami in an exercise from 15 to 17 February, held to identify possible shortcomings in the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, established under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

13 Feb 2017 description

This case study gives an overview of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) initial emergency response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) which happened on the 11 March 2011. The timeframe covered is approximately 3 weeks during the time of launch of the response and frst phase of the relief period. It also looks at the challenges the Emergency response teams faced after the cascading disaster which triggered the accident at the Fukushima – Daiichi nuclear power plant.

07 Feb 2017 description

HONIARA, 3 February 2017 -- WHO and UNICEF are partnering with local civil society and the provincial government to deliver health and education supplies to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude December earthquake in Makira province.

A second shipment of emergency supplies which included an additional 10 tents and 35 tarpaulins are used by health centres and schools.

WHO Representative in Solomon Islands Dr. Sevil Huseynova and UNICEF Solomon Islands Chief of Field Office Mr. Yun Jong Kang visited affected clinics, schools and communities in Makira province.

06 Feb 2017 description

Provincial governments and aid organisations are still working to provide emergency supplies and assistance to people in Solomon Islands who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

02 Feb 2017 description

Recent emergencies in Philippines, Nepal and Haiti show the value of sound construction

When a natural disaster hits an SOS Children’s Village, the ability of its infrastructure to resist the forces of nature is crucial to keep the children and staff safe. That no fatalities due to natural disaster have been reported in the history of the organisation is testimony to the construction standards it maintains.

26 Jan 2017 description

There have been 14 earthquakes greater than Magnitude 6.0 since November 2016. Over 9000 people affected and about 4000 houses damaged in Makira and Malaita provinces of Solomon Islands in December 2016.

Other earthquakes escaped major damage, however humanitarian partners in the region are monitoring the occurence of earthquakes and are on high alert for possible response

26 Jan 2017 description

Key Figures

258.7 million population (2016 projection) 49.8% Female 50.2% Male

148 million Number of people living in areas prone to a natural disaster

US$3,346 Lower middle income GDP per capita (2015)


26 Jan 2017 description

Key Figures

101 million population (2015 ) 49.6% Female 50.4% Male

21.6% poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population 2015)

US$2,899 Lower middle income GDP per capita (2015)