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Kiribati on Tsunami Alert – low risk expected

An 8.3 magnitude earthquake hitting the central zone of Chile has generated a tsunami alert for the North and South American Pacific coasts as well as Pacific Island countries including Kiribati.

A statement from the Office of the President has confirmed that the alert for Kiribati is in effect but the risks will be minimal given the projected timings of impact will coincide with low tide.

The Kiribati Meteorological Service (KMS) reports the tsunami will generate waves between 0.3 to 1 metre above sea level however, the impact time will coincide with low tide (0036hrs – 0638hrs) and hence minimal impact is anticipated. The projected timings of impact are as follows:

Kiritimati 1231hrs (UTC)
Kanton    1342hrs (UTC)
Tarawa    1556hrs (UTC)

KMS added that while tsunami impact is categorized low risk, mariners and people along the coasts are urged to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile,  a nation-wide radio announcement was aired noon today for the public’s information.

READ MORE: Chile earthquake: Five dead, million evacuated as tsunami hits central coastline after quake

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COSPPac team with Kiribati Met Service staff who participated in a 2 days workshop at Kiribati Met Service office in Betio

Climate change workshop – a success

The Office of Te Beretitenti (OB) through the Kiribati Meteorological Service (KMS) in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) through Climate and Ocean Support Program for Pacific (COSPPac) held a Kiribati Climate and Communication Workshop from November 18-22.

COSPPac team with Kiribati Met Service staff who participated in a 2 days workshop at Kiribati Met Service office in Betio

COSPPac team with Kiribati Met Service staff who participated in a 2 days workshop at Kiribati Met Service office in Betio

Together with the KMS climate section, the team delivered climate services stakeholder workshops and staff skills trainings. These sessions aimed to:

  • Raise awareness about and improve understanding of KMS climate services products among media and key government stakeholders;
  • Solicit feedback from stakeholders about their needs and how to improve the products; and
  • Enhance KMS staff members’ climate knowledge and applied technical skills.

The objective of the stakeholder workshops was to train representatives from the media and from key government sectors in the interpretation of the climate outlooks, as well as eliciting suggestions from them participants on ways to improve these products or to generate new products that better suit their needs.

“The Kiribati Climate outlook is a monthly bulletin issued from the KMS climate section which consist of information on the season climate condition and rainfall outlook for the next three months in Kiribati. The ultimate aim for this bulletin is to let the people of Kiribati (through media) and government sectors know such information for their planning and decision making,” Mr. Ueneta Toorua, Climate Officer said. 

“Since the information is very technical it also very difficult for KMS to know if everyone understands and uses this product,” he said.

The KMS climate service products (including information and forecasts on high tides, seasonal rainfall, and ENSO phases) have the potential to help government sectors better prepare for tidal inundation and drought. If these products are not properly understood or if they are misinterpreted, however, they are usually ignored or can even have a negative effect.

Evaluations rated the workshops very highly, noting that they have helped to raise awareness about ENSO’s effects on Kiribati, about the climate products coming out of the KMS, as well as the interpretation and uses of these products.

As a result of the one week workshop, government sector and media stakeholders benefitted from more targeted, understandable, and relevant climate products and services as a result of the feedback. In turn, the people of Kiribati will benefit from improved awareness and thus improved preparedness for seasonal climate variability.

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Climate data management training, Kiribati Meteorology Service.

Met seeks funds to re-open stations

Climate data management training, Kiribati Meteorology Service.

Climate data management training, Kiribati Meteorological Service.

The Kiribati Meteorological Service hopes to secure donor support to re-open four of its weather offices now closed due to obsolete equipment, Islands Business has reported.

Ueneta Toorua, the only meteorologist on the island shared with regional colleagues in Nadi this week some of the challenges faced by the Met Office in providing timely weather information to its citizens.

Kiribati Meteorological Service official homepage
Map of operational and non-operational weather offices in Kiribati

He said the four stations in the outer islands are crucial in monitoring and analyzing data on what’s happening in these islands.

“Now we are looking for support and funding to reopen these stations, especially to get data for climate monitoring and climate analysis.(sic)

Toorua admits the weather stations were closed after the Met Office in Kiribati was nationalized.

Read the full story at Island Business

Sunset in Tarawa.

Normal to low rainfall for Kiribati

Sunset in Tarawa.

Sunset in Tarawa.

The Kiribati Meteorological Service Division of the Office of The President has released its latest quarterly climate outlook for Kiribati.

The outlook predicts normal to below rainfall (less than 198.5mm) across Kiribati from July to September, 2013.

In addition to this, in terms of the El Nino – Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the outlook reports neutral conditions will continue with the possibility of a La Nina to arrive later in the year.

“In most cases, La Nina (is) usually associated with suppressed rainfall within the Kiribati region,” the Kiribati Meteorological Service Division reported.

“Though a season cycle, Kiribati is currently in it’s (sic) dry season of May down to October.”

The full report, including a break-down of rainfall from each meteorological station in Kiribati, is available on the Kiribati Meteorological Service Division page under ‘seasonal climate information’.

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