DOST-PHIVOLCS to inaugurate seismic station in Aklan

KALIBO, Aklan, Feb. 10 (PIA6) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will inaugurate the Ibajay Seismic Station in Ibajay, Aklan on February 27

The seismic station is located in the elevated area of Aklan State University-Ibajay Campus.

According to Renato U. Solidum, Undersecretary for DRR-CC, DOST, and Officer-In-Charge, PHIVOLCS, the seismic station, which will monitor earthquakes, will significantly benefit the province through increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in an around the province of Aklan.

Solidum added that these parameters are important inputs for detailed delineation of earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province which can be used for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response plans for the province.

Solidum also said these plans are very important tools for decisions made by authorities in the information provided to the public, and will also help DOST-PHIVOLCS to respond properly when an earthquake occurs.

In the opening program for the inauguration, Dr. Danilo Abayon, President, Aklan State University, will give the welcome remarks while Ibajay mayor Jose Enrique Miraflores will give the opening message.

USEC Solidum will give a message and background of the event while Aklan governor Florencio T. Miraflores will deliver a message.
After the ribbon-cutting, there will be a tour of the Ibajay Seismic Station. A press conference will follow to update the Aklan media regarding the earthquake monitoring stations in Ibajay and other areas in the country, and provide other information on PHIVOLCS' projects and Disaster Risk Reduction programs.
"This is to enhance the public's means of preparedness for geologic events," Solidum said.

Before the establishment of the seismic station in Ibajay, one was housed years before at the Capitol Grounds in Kalibo.

DOST-Aklan Provincial Science and Technogy Director Jairus Lachica said, however, that it is easier to monitor seismic activities in Ibajay than in Kalibo, as disturbances in Kalibo like loud sounds and moving vehicles interfere with PHIVOLCS' monitoring activities. (JSC/VGV/PIA6 Aklan)


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