SHOA

CHILEAN NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SERVICE

On October 24, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Mr. Stefan Müller, accompanied by the German Ambassador in Chile, Mr. Rodolfo Shulze; the Defense Attaché Colonel DEM Mr. Lothar Likus, and the First Secretary, Economic Advisor of the Embassy, Dr. Christian Gayoso visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA).

Upon arrival, Mr. Müller was received by the Director of the Service, Rear-admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, who welcomed him and gave a presentation about the duties of the SHOA, emphasizing the work done by the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), work performed together with the National Seismological Center (CSN) and the National Office for Emergencies and Public Safety of the Ministry of Interior (ONEMI).

During the presentation, the Director talked about the different events that have affected the country during the last few years in terms of their characteristics, behavior, and destruction level. He additionally talked about the technological advances that have been implemented since the earthquake and tsunami of February 27, 2010, and also the projects in which the SHOA is working together with national and international organizations, being the Prototype of the Decision Support System, developed together with the German Space Agency (DLR) and the Integrated System for Prediction and Alert of Tsunamis (SIPAT), one of the most important, since it will provide a quick assessment of the modeled behavior of a tsunami event, and the different level of threat for the Chilean coast, which will help separating the areas that must evacuate to safety zones, information disseminated by the ONEMI, according to their protocols.

Later, the delegation visited the Operations Room of the SNAM and Shelter, where they learned about the different protocols carried out during an emergency and the technology used in the event of a tsunami.