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Humanity Road’s Weekly Activity Update

Humanity Road’s volunteers rarely take a break. They always keep their eyes on potential events and are enhancing preparedness and response information to the public. Have a look at what our volunteers have been up to this week!

This week our volunteers were monitoring:

Ottawa Shooting 

  • Monitoring of shooting at the Canadian Parliament that killed one Canadian soldier.
  • The masked suspect was shot dead in Parliament.

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake — on the border of Ecuador and Columbia

  • Volunteers amplified officials to follow in social media.
  • No urgent impacts were identified but heavy shaking was felt in some locations in Ecuador.

Behind the scene:

  • The Volunteer Management team has added two new Training Coordinators to the team to improve training and mentoring for our new volunteers.
  • The Disability, Accessibility and Functional Needs (DAFN) team is working with two translators to translate preparedness tweets into French and Chinese to better reach non-English speaking populations.
  • Volunteers attended an Earthquake Discussion Forum to exchange views on strategies to improve the way we monitor earthquakes.

Useful information:

  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has made changes in Tsunami warning as of October 01. They will no longer publish “tsunami warnings” or “tsunami watches” as the language was confusing and sometimes conflicted with countries’ unique instructions to their people. The new “Tsunami Threat Message” will give generalized indications of the wave amplitude forecasted. For example: “Minor sea level fluctuations may occur” or “Hazardous tsunami waves are possible for some coasts.”  And as more info is gathered they will release predicted amplitudes for specific coasts. For more information, see the following links:
  1. New PTWC Tsunami products 
  2. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission 
  3. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Technical Series


Curious about Humanity Road? Would you like to join us?  Start by visiting Humanity Road’s volunteer page.