Tsunami Evacuation Drill Starts Today

Today marks the World Tsunami Awareness Day and the execution of the first ever Tsunami Evacuation Drill scheduled to take place at Feiawa Park (Seafront), Blacksand and Mele community.

The Tsunami Drill is a Van-REDI project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

Acting Director General of the Ministry of Climate Change and VMGD Director, Esline Garaebiti said the Tsunami Warning System was established in 2016 and will finally be tested today at the capital and other rural communities in Efate.

“Vanuatu has rarely experienced a Tsunami event,” said Ms Garaebiti.

“But we need to be prepared for the worst, in order to be ready for any future disastrous occurrences that may occur.

“Today, we will test the Tsunami Warning System following instructive procedures for a successful evacuation process.

“During the simulation drill, we will identify gaps that needs work and improve these minor faults so we can have a fully finalized and improved system at the end of the day.”

The drill assumption will follow a 7.5 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 30 km at 130km West-Northwest off Port Vila.

Tsunami sirens in Feiawa Park will be triggered at 10.15AM for 30 seconds followed by an evacuation process leading the evacuees to Independence Park. The same applies to the other two communities in Blacksand and Mele.

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