Earthquake Update in Vanuatu

Good news!

I just received word that everyone at the Cultural Center in Port Vila, Vanuatu is doing well and in good spirits after experiencing the 7.5 earthquake where the epicenter was not too far from them. Aftershocks continue to happen and keep staff on their toes. Nevertheless, there doesn’t seem to be much damage to the Center.

Currently there is no home for the Archives. The records are being kept at the Cultural Center until the new National Library and Archives building is built. We keep our fingers crossed that this will be soon. Until then, containers such as the one below are being used to store records.

Not the most ideal spot for records, but at least it’s dry and insect free? Well, hopefully, bug free. You can never underestimate the ingenuity of pests. The archival boxes being stored in the Cultural Center are reported to have toppled over, and hopefully it’s not too much of a mess. I can’t imagine what the inside of the container looks like. with a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, it was probably like a dryer at high-speed for fifteen seconds!

We’ll keep you posted if any new news should come to us from the Cultural Center. Needless to say, it’s probably a good time to draw-up a Disaster Management Plan because the next earthquake might be even bigger. ICAS will be there in couple of weeks, and will look into this matter.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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