On September 25, the first lecture in the Natural History of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands Lecture Series was delivered at the Sakhalin Regional Museum.
Students of the State Budgetary Educational Institution «Sakhalin College of Service» and the State Public Health Institution «Sakhalin Medical College» attended the lecture on Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Coastal Area of the Sakhalin Region given by Tatyana Nikolayevna Ivelskaya, Head of the Tsunami Warning Center of the Sakhalin Territorial Administration for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Sakhalin UGMS), Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, member of the Sakhalin Branch of the Russian Geographical Society.
Tatyana Nikolaevna, using video material, demonstrated the causes of the tsunami. She noted that tsunamis result from strong underwater earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides.
The lecturer spoke about tsunamis that occurred in the Sakhalin region and Japan and their consequences. It is important to know that tsunamis are more damaging and destructive than earthquakes.
As tsunamis can cause great loss of life and property damage, a tsunami forecasting / warning system is constantly being developed. Moreover, despite the extensive tsunami warning system, it is not always possible to accurately forecast its size which unfortunately, cause more damage and number of victims higher than predicted.
Tatyana Nikolaevna emphasized that specialists need to make up tsunami hazard maps for various tsunami scenario not only for themselves, but also for other bodies involved.
At the end of the lecture, students received Tsunami Alerts Information Sheets. Forewarned is forearmed!