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Enhancement of Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring and Effective Utilization of Disaster Mitigation Information in the Philippines A Minute Sooner Can Make the Difference: Real-Time Observation of Earthquakes and Volcanos

Principal Investigator (Affiliation) Principal Senior Researcher,
Dr. INOUE Hiroshi
Disaster Risk Research Unit, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention
Collaborators Kyoto University / Tokai University / Nagoya University
Adoption fiscal year FY 2009
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of the Philippines
Counterpart Research Institutions Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
General Description of the Research Project

Prompt and accurate monitoring data to enable appropriate disaster response
The Philippines is in a Western Pacific Plate subduction zone. As in the case of Japan, earthquake and volcano disasters occur frequently, and therefore disaster measures and prediction techniques are urgently needed. Accordingly, a real-time earthquake and earthquake intensity observation network will be introduced to enable prompt and accurate estimates of earthquake ground motion distribution and damage, crustal movement observations for assessing the potential for earthquakes on the island of Mindanao, and integrated earthquake, crustal movement and electromagnetic observations of Taal and Mayon volcanoes in order to determine and predict underground magma activity.

The results of research will be made available on a portal site and used for disaster information sharing and awareness of the community
Development and installation of the system is progressing smoothly, and work has begun on constructing a disaster prevention information portal site to make the observed earthquake and volcano data available. Simple earthquake-resistance diagnostic tools for the general public are also being created to promote disaster preparedness. Tsunami disaster preparedness efforts have also begun, based on the lessons learned in the Great East Japan Earthquake. The ultimate objective is to improve disaster preparedness at the national, regional, local government and community level in the Philippines.

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Monitoring instruments installed on the Taal volcano

Monitoring instruments installed on the Taal volcano

The information of the earthquake source will be used for rapid estimate of the ground shaking damage and tsunami.

The information of the earthquake source will be used for rapid estimate of the ground shaking damage and tsunami.

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Research Project Web site http://www.jj-pev.net/en/blog/2011/09/586/
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