The professional internship of the staff of the General Maritime Directorate of Colombia (DIMAR) regarding the operation of the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM) took place during October 27th to October 30th.
In this opportunity, three members of the National Centre of Tsunami Alert of Tsunamis of Colombia, learned about the standard operational procedures that take place at the SNAM, at the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), emphasizing the communication channels and the redundancy that has been achieved in the system; progresses that have been made in the installation of the Sea Level Stations, for which they visited the Station Valparaiso, located in the Molo de Abrigo.
Furthermore, the theoretical aspects, such as geophysics associated to the generation of earthquakes, tsunami theory, use and production of Flood Charts due to Tsunamis (CITSU), were discussed. Additionally, they shared the tsunami experiences of Iquique 2014, Japan 2010 and Maule 2010, to finish with an exposition about the Decision Support System and the future vision of the SNAM.
By the end of the internship, Mary Luz Rengifo, person in charge of the Centre for Tsunami Alert of the DIMAR, expressed how important was to know how the National Tsunami Warning System works, which is known for being one of the best in the region. "We were very interested to learn all that has been done in Chile. They have been through several events that have allowed them to adjust and improve their systems and strengthen them, which is exactly what we came here to learn”, she said.
Additionally, the representative of the DIMAR expressed her astonishment for everything that has been implemented and the dynamics that have been stablished in case of any emergencies. “While they are very different countries, the idea is to apply everything we learned here and see the possibility of implementing it in Colombia. Perhaps it will not be completely possible, but it gives us an idea on what direction we need to go and how to do it".