Located above the plate boundary where the Nazca Plate is subducting beneath the South American Plate, Northern Ecuador and Southern Colombia are at high risk of earthquakes and tsunamis. During the course of the last century, two major earthquakes that triggered destructive tsunamis hit the two countries: the 1906 Ecuador-Colombia earthquake (Mw 8.8 of magnitude) and the 1979 Tumaco earthquake (Mw 8.2 of magnitude).Read more »
Paris, France - This Thursday 13 of February, Unesco is celebrating the ninth edition of World Radio Day, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946. A great opportunity for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to launch a series of podcasts to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by oceans.Read more »
Engaged in joint worldwide cooperative projects since the 1990s, the world’s two leading scientific cooperation organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in light of their common determination to work together on the development and implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade).Read more »
Professional skippers competing in some of the most famous yachting races (Route du Rhum, Monaco Globe Series, The Vendée Globe) are taking action to protect their vast, endangered playground by partnering with scientific institutions for the monitoring of the ocean.Read more »
Paris, France – A partnership agreement between UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) was signed today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Over the next two years, the two partners will carry out joint projects to support marine scientific research and to raise awareness about the importance of ocean science for the protection of the ocean and the sustainable use of marine resources.Read more »
After 10 days of non-stop tremors and earthquakes, including a Magnitude 5.8 event on one of the most important Puerto Rican holidays (3 Kings Day), people in southern Puerto Rico were violently awoken January 7, 2020 at 4:24 local time. An earthquake just offshore of Magnitude 6.4 sent its powerful waves across the island.Read more »
New Zealand Government will deploy a network of DART buoys to monitor changes in sea level and reduce time needed to issue tsunami alerts.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys to safeguard the country’s coast against tsunami risk.Read more »