A virtual workshop – the first of an ongoing series – was held on the 14th October to raise awareness on the earthquake status in Indonesia’s second largest city. 107 attendees, including key decision makers, international stakeholders and the media, were briefed on the current threat, with the aim of increasing their understanding and ownership of a safer, resilient and sustainable Surabaya city.
A geologist at ITS, Dr. Amien Widodo, explained a number of tough ways to mitigate disasters against the tsunami. One of the examples given by Amien is the method used by the people of Simelue Island, Aceh, who carried out early detection during the December 26, 2004 tsunami. The earthquake and tsunami events that have occurred in the area have made the people there actively develop an early detection system based on local wisdom which they call semong.
The Indonesian people were shocked by the news of the potential for a large tsunami disaster on the island of Java. In response to this, the Disaster Mitigation and Climate Change (MKPI) of ITS held a light discussion about the potential for an earthquake and tsunami in East Java in order to arouse community preparedness in dealing with potential disasters.
Heavy rainfall has caused some areas in Greater Jakarta to be flooded. The disaster became an alarm for the Surabaya City Council to be more vigilant in facing the rainy season in early 2020. Surabaya City Council said that preparations for the rainy season had been carried out since last year. Drains cleaned. Pump housing and boezem added.