SHOA

CHILEAN NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SERVICE

Members of the International Evaluation Committee of the National Seismological Center (CSN), accompanied by the Director of the Institution, Dr. Sergio Barrientos Parra, visited the premises of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), as part of an evaluation process performed by CSN, which takes place every two years, along with the permanent work of continuous improvement of seismic monitoring of our country.

The delegation, formed by Dr. Hayashi Yuyaka of the Volcanology and Seismology Department of the Japan Meteorological Agency; Dr. Margaret Hellweg of the Seismological Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Dr. Florian Haslinger of the Seismological Service of the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland, was received by the Head of the Department of Oceanography of SHOA, Lieutenant Commander Mr. Carlos Zúñiga Araya, who along with giving them a warm welcome, spoke about the most relevant aspects of the work of the Service, with special emphasis in the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), and the different levels of cooperation and joint work carried out with the CSN and the National Office for Emergencies of the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI).

After the presentation, they visited the Operations Room of the SNAM where they could observe first-hand the technical and professional capacity used in these units to deal with emergencies from a seismic event with features that could generate a tsunami off the coast of Chile. In this context, the staff explained the processes and applications that are currently implemented in the SNAM room and how each of them work to provide a timely and effective response to both the authorities involved as well as the community in general.

This evaluation committee of the CSN is the result of an agreement made in 2015 between the ONEMI and the University of Chile. This agreement established the creation of a group of international experts who will evaluate the activities of the Seismological Center in order to understand and analyze the objectives, scopes, management, operations, technology, protocols, data quality and costs of CSN, to later provide recommendations on ways to improve the quality of operations and network efficiency in the medium and long term.