Japan hands-over equipment to Philippines for earthquake, tsunami monitoring

Japan has formally turned-over earthquake and tsunami monitoring equipment to the Philippine government today. A symbolic turnover of a seismic intensity meter device was held at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Auditorium, PHIVOLCS Building, CP Garcia Avenue, UP.Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

In 2013, Japan, through Japan lnternational Cooperation Agency (JICA) initiated a project for the Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management aiming to contribute towards improving disaster risk management in the Philippines.

One of the project’s component is the enhancement of earthquake, volcano and tsunami warning system for disaster reduction. “Under this component, JICA provided the PHIVOLCS-DOST with the following: a) 10 Broadband Strong Motion Seismometers; b) 36 Strong Motion Seismometers; c) 19 Sea-level Monitoring Stations; and 4) 240 Intensity Meters,” PHIVOLCS said.

“To date, the project has already installed nine broadband strong motion seismometers, thirty strong motion seismometers and thirteen sea level monitoring stations,” PHIVOLCS added.