Tsunami and Ocean Hazards

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18 Pacific Countries and Territories conducted a 2-hour live regional table top exercise (PacWave22-PICT) to test new early warning procedures for a potential tsunami arising from volcanic activity in the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai (HTHH) Volcano. The Exercise was the first-ever fully dedicated to Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

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From 14-25 June, the Assembly of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO held its 31st Session (virtually). IOC’s 150 Member States took stock of progress in global ocean research and the implementation of the Ocean Decade, setting IOC forward on a new medium-term strategic framework.

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UNESCO organised a tsunami simulation and drill exercise in the Manuel Antonio National Park, located within the Savegre Biosphere Reserve in Costa Rica.

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The first-ever global statistical analysis examined ~9,500 HABs events over 33 years and found that the harm caused by HABs rises in step with growth of the aquaculture industry and marine exploitation and calls for more research on linkages.

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Venkatraipur and Noliasahi in the Odisha State (India) are the first communities in the Indian Ocean region to obtain Tsunami Ready international recognition, the golden standard of tsunami preparedness awarded by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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COP27 concluded in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, with increased awareness of the need to strengthen ocean science and seek ocean-based solutions to reverse climate change.

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Despite COVID-19 restrictions, UNESCO together with the UK National Oceanography Centre enabled Pakistan to repair the Karachi tide gauge, key instrument to monitoring sea level data for Pakistan and the region.

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Tamarindo and Sámara officially received the Tsunami Ready recognition on 27 August

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UNESCO and the European Commission just completed a major project to strengthen capacities to detect and respond to tsunamis and other coastal hazards in seven Caribbean countries.

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The UN chief urged countries to make sure they invest the funds necessary to prevent and manage disasters, in a solemn message of remembrance on Wednesday for the 18,400 people who died or are unaccounted for, due to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan exactly ten years ago.

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