Phivolcs installs tsunami detector in Zambo wharf Print
Saturday, 03 June 2017 13:11

By RG ANTONET GO

The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) have installed a Tsunami Wave Detector System (TWDS) at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Compound, R.T. Lim Blvd. Zamboanga City.

Engr. Allan Labayog, PHIVOLCS Zamboanga Officer-in-Charge said in an interview that the equipment will be used to detect disturbances of sea water after an earthquake.

The equipment consist of sensor, transmitter, and a satellite dish. It has its own solar power system and will not rely on the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative for power.

According to Labayog, the TWDS project is worth P2 million and was done in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“This is advantageous to the city kay serka kita na Sulu and Cotabato trench,” Labayog said.

The Sulu trench last moved on September 21, 1897 while the Cotabato trench last moved on August 17, 1976. Both earthquakes triggered tsunamis.

Earthquake is the sudden movement of rocks below the earth’s surface which could cause damage to property and even death. Sometimes, tsunamis occur after an earthquake. (R.G. A A. Go)