SHOA

CHILEAN NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SERVICE

A delegation of scientists, who were part of the group of speakers at the “Giant Earthquakes, Tsunami and Volcanic Eruptions in Chile and Japan” Seminar, which was carried out as part of the activities related to the Tokyo Forum 2013, called “Global Emergence of Frontier Knowledge” which was conducted by the University of Tokyo, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, and Universidad de Chile, visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA, by its initials in Spanish). They were received by the Deputy Director, Commander Mr. Cristian DIAZ.

After an exposition about the duties of the SHOA, the delegation led by Dr. Marco CISTERNAS of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, and the other members: Dr. Kenji SATAKE, expert on tsunami investigation from the University of Tokyo, and 4 scientists from the Center for Geophysical Observation and Instrumentation, of the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, visited the Operations Room of the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM, by its initials in Spanish), where they learned about its functioning, the progress made and the Emergency Unit SHELTER, facility equipped to maintain the existing links between the SHOA and the scientific community, which allows to share experiment results and experiences with national and international experts, regarding tsunamigenic events.

By the end of the tour, the group visited the Old Town of Valparaíso, where they could see for themselves the evidence of the tsunami which affected the port in 1730. They then visited Quintero, where Mr. CISTERNAS demonstrated his theory about the impact that caused this tsunami in the area better known as CAMPICHE, inspecting the sand deposits in areas further than 1500 meters from the coast.