Today the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service, National Disaster Management Office and the Geology and Survey Division in the Ministry of Mines marked World Tsunami Day with a small but informative displays and awareness talks in Honiara.
The talks and displays centered on this year’s theme, which is “Making Cities Resilient 2030. Effective International Cooperation to reduce Tsunami Risk at the Local Level”
In a brief statement to welcome students who came to take part in the celebration, Deputy Director of Geology and Survey Division in the Ministry of Mines Mr. Clinton Roga said Tsunami is a rare event, hard to detect and can be extremely deadly.
He said it is good that students have taken the interest to come and learn about Tsunamis and the destruction it can cause to people’s lives and properties. “Your Interest to learn about Tsunamis will certainly help to minimise the risks in the event of a Tsunami” Mr Roga told the students.
Speaking on behalf of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service, Chief Forecaster Mr. Edward Maru also echoed the same sentiments and added that Tsunamis are a real threat to the Solomon Islands as it lies on the rim of fire that extends from Japan up north right down to New Zealand in the south.
He said since Tsunamis are unpredictable, people should always move to higher grounds as soon an earthquake is felt.
Activities during the day included awareness talks, Question and Answer Session where students were able to win prizes. Students were also treated to a tour of the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) where all the coordination and planning of disaster response is done.
Inside the NEOC, students were able to see how information is collected and analysed by officers with different areas of speciality to determine the different levels of warning and advice to be issued to the public in the event of a disaster, in this case Tsunami.
The World tsunami day is celebrated on the 5th November every year.