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NEC system to monitor Philippine volcanic and seismic activities

Ike Suarez | March 20, 2014
Japan’s government to give funding for disaster risk management project

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) will employ a wide area disaster prevention  system  to detect volcanic and seismic activities with the system to be provided by NEC Corp.

A press statement by the Tokyo-based IT and network solutions provider said the system is scheduled to begin operations February 2015 with funding for its design and implementation to be supported by a grant-in-aid by the Japanese government's programme for improvement of equipment for disaster risk management.

Constant Monitoring

The system will enable PHIVOLCS to constantly monitor volcanic and seismic activities and quickly relay the information to national government offices and local government units responsible for disaster management and relief operations.

The system will gather data via VSAT (very small aperture terminal) satellite from seismographs and tide indicators from servers installed in PHIVOLCS offices all over the Philippines.

The seismograph machines will be installed in 40 locations in the Philippines, while the tide indicators will be installed in 20 locations.

Their sensors will use photovoltaic solar cells to constantly send data and data gathering on oscillation and tidal activities will take place in real time.

The system will form part of current efforts by the Philippine government to mitigate the effects of disasters and enable more efficient as well as effective relief and evacuation efforts.

The Philippines being part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, the country is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Philippines has 23 active volcanoes and 25 potentially active volcanoes, according to the PHIVOLCS official list.

It has also experienced several destructive  earthquakes, the last being  an Intensity 7.2 quake on the Moment Magnitude scale  in the central Philippine island of Bohol in October 15, 2013. It resulted in 222 deaths and damage to 73,000 structures.

At the same time, it also lies within the Typhoon Belt-6 to 9 making landfall annually.

This makes the Philippines vulnerable to storm surges as in the case of Typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan last November 8 which killed over 6200 people as of latest count.

The press statement did not reveal monetary figures for the Japan government grant -in- aid.



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