Statement by Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.

The Seismology Observatory Unit is responsible for monitoring and dissemination of earthquake and tsunami information in Fiji. This Unit is located at the Mineral Resources Department (MRD) at Mead Road, Nabua.

In 2015, the current set up was approved to operate 24/7 expanding the responsibility of the Seismology Observatory to also include issuing timely and effective tsunami alerts and warnings.

With the current development of an Early Warning System, the 24/7 observatory is critical to deliver national tsunami warnings.

The Seismology Unit is officially the tsunami warning focal contact (TWFC) with the assistance of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) and Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS).

Products provided by the Tsunami Service Provider (TSP) through PTWS allows for system advancement ensuring compatibility with the Global Tsunami Warning System.

On the 15th August 2017, Cabinet approved the National Tsunami Response Plan, which acts as the guidance for Tsunami Response Plans of agencies in Fiji and Evacuation Plans for communities and facilities located within tsunami danger zones in coastal areas and maritime islands.

The Seismology Unit in accordance with the National Tsunami Response Plan will inform the Director NDMO who will assess the situational threat and advice on the activation of the tsunamic warning sirens if required.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is responsible for the operation, site selection, installation and maintenance of Tsunami Warning Sirens in places of high coastal density.

The two agencies, NDMO and MRD continuously work together in improving the systems and also improving the response plan.

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