Mati City, Davao Oriental, Philippines, 30 May 2017
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) is conducting a series of 1-day seminar-workshops on Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness for Local Government Units (LGUs) and Barangay Officials of Davao Oriental. The seminar-workshop will be held on May 30, 31, and June 1, 2017 at Honey’s Hotel and Restaurant, Mati City.
On 10 February 2017 at 10:03 PM Philippine Standard Time (PST), a magnitude (M5) 6.7 earthquake struck the Province of Surigao del Norte in northeastern Mindanao. Using the data from the Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology - Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST), the epicenter was located in Surigao Strait at 9.80° N and 125.35° E or 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City at a shallow depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of the Philippine Fault - Surigao segment.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) handed over new Bohol hazard maps to the local government last April 4, 2016 at the Conference Room of Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
A press conference, InfoSentro sa PHIVOLCS, was held and Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., PHIVOLCS Director, gave an update regarding the new earthquake monitoring stations located in Bohol and nearby areas, and what has been done by PHIVOLCS after the 2013 Bohol Earthquake.
Director Renato Solidum, Jr. and other staff of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) attended a Science and Technology (S & T) Forum regarding "Trauma Associated with Post-Disaster Events" at the 2nd floor Conference Room, PHIVOLCS building on February 12, 2016.
Dr. Dale Dominey-Howes, Associate Professor in University of Sydney, discussed how researchers may suffer trauma from working in a traumatic or disaster-stricken environment. "Disasters don't happen in nature, disaster happens to us," he said.
From August 31-September 05, 2015, a training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software” was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the province of Benguet. It was held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio CIty. A total of 47 participants from the Provincial Government Office and 12 municipalities of Benguet province attended. There were also participants from the agencies of DOST-CAR, DILG-Benguet, OCD-CAR, Benguet State University and Heart Cordillera.
PHIVOLCS led in teaching the method of collecting exposure database using REDAS Exposure Datbase Module (EDM) using android devices. This activity is under the "Capacity Development for Managing Disaster Risks from Natural Hazards and Climate Change in the Philippines", also known as the "DRRM/CCA Policies and Standardization Project". Said project is being implemented by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with funding support from UNDP.
A REDAS training, entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software”, was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the province of ilocos Sur last September 21-26, 2015 at Fiesta Garden Hotel, Bantay, Ilocos Sur. A total of 76 participants from Ilocos Sur Provincial Government Office, municipalities and cities of Ilocos Sur province and guest LGUs (Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Pangasinan, La Uñion, Polillo, Quezon and San Fernando City, La Uñion).
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), in partnership with the Quezon City Science Community Foundation, Inc. (QCSCFI) conducted a Workshop on Integrating Hazard Maps into the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan of Selected Barangays in Quezon City last October 14, 2015 at PHIVOLCS Auditorium, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), together with the Quezon City Science Community Foundation, Inc. (QCSCFI) conducted a press conference, Infosentro, at the PHIVOLCS’ Conference Room last October 14, 2015.
From August 3-8, 2015, the province of Quezon underwent on a training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction Into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness Through the Use of the REDAS Software” under the supervision of PHIVOLCS-REDAS team. It was held at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City, Quezon Province. The training was participated by the different LGUs of Quezon as well as from the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal. A total of 82 participants attended and 79 license keys were issued.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) held a Teachers’ Training on Communicating Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards last September 18, 2015.
Teachers from the Division of Tandag City led by Dr. Gregoria Su and Division of Surigao del Sur headed by Dr. Marilou Dedumo participated in the training that was held at Shacene Pension House and Restaurant in Tandag City.
The Quezon City Science Community Foundation, Inc. (QCSCFI), an organization of multi-disciplinary institutions from government, academe and private sectors strengthens its partnership for the year 2015 to step up and enhance the disaster risk reduction efforts of Quezon City.
Written by Maria Leonila P. Bautista
PHIVOLCS-DOST conducted Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) trainings for three provinces as part of the third component of the READY Project. In this component, the REDAS software which was originally developed by PHIVOLCS for earthquake emergency response, is now being used as a tool to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the local development process under the READY Project.
At 9:12 A.M. today, Mayon Volcano manifested mild ash explosion that reached an approximate height of 200 m above the summit crater before drifting east-northeast. The ash-ejection was recorded as explosion-type earthquake which lasted for one minute by the seismic network deployed around the volcano.Immediately after the explosion, visual observation becomes hampered by the thick clouds.
Mayon Volcano's (13.2576°N, 123.6856°E) activity during the past 24 hours was dominated by 253 tremor episodes associated with lava chunks detaching from the summit crater and intermittent lava flow at the southeast flank of the volcano. No volcanic earthquake however, was recorded. The Sulfur Dioxide emission rate from the crater was maintained at 1,500 tonnes per day.
In the past 24 hours, there were some 6 volcanic earthquakes and 206 tremor episodes detected. The Sulfur Dioxide emission rate from the crater was estimated at about 1,500 tonnes per day with plume drifts varying from northeast to east-northeast. Ground deformation measurements indicated an overall deflation of the edifice.
These observations generally show an elevated state of unrest, although there is an apparent decline of activity since late August.
A total of two (2) volcanic earthquakes and 300 tremor episodes were detected in the past 24 hours. Measurements of Sulfur Dioxide emission rate decreased slightly to about 1,701 tonnes per day (t/d) yesterday from the previous 1,841 t/d. Steaming activity varied from moderate to voluminous with plume drifting north to northeast.
In summary, the continuing decline in key parameters such as seismic activity, Sulfur Dioxide emission rate and ground deformation may signify a slowdown in the volcano's activity.
In the past 24 hours, some 26 volcanic earthquakes and 333 tremors episodes were detected. The Sulfur Dioxide emission rate from the crater was estimated at 1,841 tonnes per day with plume drifts varying from northwest to northeast. Continuing ground deformation measurements indicated an overall deflation of the edifice.
The foregoing observations generally show an elevated state of unrest, although a few parameters, such as the state of ground swelling and absence of explosions in the past days, may indicate a slowdown in activity.
For the past 24 hours, Mayon Volcano's (13.25760N, 123.68560E) seismic network detected ten (10) volcanic earthquakes and 315 tremor episodes. Ground deformation measurements showed general deflation of the volcanic edifice.