20.02.2017 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Experts finalise scientific assessments of mitigation and adaptation measures for tsunamis in the South China Sea region


Ha Noi, 15-17 February 2017 – Seismology and geology experts, members of the Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation Systems in the South China Sea Region, discuss and finalise findings from the review of historical records and analysis resulting from the Meeting of Experts in Xiamen, China in November 2015.

During the 3-day expert meeting, scientists from the Vietnam Institute of Geophysics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (IGP-VAST), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and the Department of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University discussed findings and research presented in the scientific report developed by 21 scientists during the 2015 meeting in China.

The meeting hosted by UNESCO Ha Noi and IGP-VAST included several seminars to discuss the data presented on (i) historic tsunami records in the South China Sea region and Philippines Trench; (ii) seismic studies and potential tsunamigenic sources in the region; and (iii) scientific developments of tsunami modelling. During the seminars, the experts led presentations and discussions to agree on and refine data and recommendations of the report.

In order to mitigate and prepare for tsunami risks, the report indicates the most likely sources and probability of earthquakes and tsunamis for coordinated scenario analysis and hazard mitigation schemes in the region. Considering the detrimental impact of past tsunami’s and earthquakes, the data and recommendations provided could potentially save the lives of many and provide mitigation and adaptation measures that could significantly reduce the destruction of natural hazards.

Follow up actions include further collaboration between IGP-VAST and UNESCO for the development of Community Disaster Risk Reduction Scenarios to build upon and expand awareness-raising activities to local communities in the central beaches of Viet Nam.


For more information please contact Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Huong, Natural Science Coordinator, at pt.huong(at)unesco.org

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