The new version of the program organized by the School of Marine Sciences of the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in conjunction with the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy will take place between June 1 and August 19. The program aims to give participants the theoretical and practical knowledge that will allow the strengthening of actions to reduce the risk of tsunami in the Chilean coast.
Chile is located on one of the most seismically active regions of the world: the subduction zone where the Nazca and South American plates converge. Only in the last five years, the coast of Chile has been affected by three Tsunamis, 2010, 2014 and 2015. In addition to generating the biggest earthquake and Tsunami in history, the Chilean subduction zone has also generated the Tsunamis with the most repercussions on the entire Pacific basin. To this natural threat today, a progressive increase of vulnerability is added, as the population and coastal infrastructure increase. Thus, Chilean society requires agencies and systems well prepared to minimize the effects of Tsunamis, through preparedness and mitigation. The foundation for any system to work properly is not necessarily the technological support, which always can be subject to failure and obsolescence, but the training of the people who operate these systems.
For Dr. Marco Cisternas, program coordinator, "the complexity of the Tsunami phenomenon, makes it necessary for different specialties to be represented in this Certification Program. So we have put together, in a single program, experts from 10 institutions nationwide, including the Universidad de Concepción; Universidad de Valparaíso; the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción; Universidad de Chile; the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; the Universidad de Playa Ancha and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria, among others. "
The Director of the SHOA, Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco said the importance that it has for the Service to have trained professionals to operate the Operations Room of the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), they must have the theoretical and practical knowledge that will enable them to understand the threats from the forces of nature and with this strengthen the actions towards reducing the risk of Tsunamis in Chile. The IV Certification Program in Tsunamis “Bases Científicas, Amenza y Vulnerabilidad” (Scientific Basis, Threat and Vulnerability), composed of 11 students, including two foreigners, will be mainly directed to professionals working in the Operations Room of the SNAM, addressing comprehensively the phenomenon, considering the scientific and social aspects, that will help them improve their understanding, including mitigation and risk reduction.