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Tsunami exercise on 21 March 2017 in the Caribbean

The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warnings in the Caribbean announced they will be going ahead with the Caribe Wave 2017 exercise in the Caribbean on 21 March 2017.

The initial mock alert for the three scenarios will be issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), which is the CARIBE-EWS Tsunami Service Provider, on March 21, 2017 at 1400 UTC and will be disseminated over all its standard broadcast channels.

The exercise seeks to test the Tsunami response capacity in the Caribbean. The event has the backing of the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission of the UNESCO.

In the past five centuries there have been 75 tsunamis in the Caribbean, or about 10% of those that have happened worldwide, causing 3,500 deaths. The demographic explosion and large flows of tourists make the Caribbean region even more vulnerable to tsunamis today.

The Tsunami Exercise Caribe Wave 17 will have three scenarios: Santiago de Cuba, Costa-Rica and Northeastern Antilles. All scenarios will start, with one mock alert, at 1400 UTC (time of the earthquake) and the 1st message for each of the three scenarios will be 5 minutes later (1405 UTC).

For Caribe Wave 2017 three different scenarios will be simulated. Each country will choose the one that best fits their objectives. The first scenario simulates a magnitude 7.9 earthquake generated off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The second scenario is an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the Southeastern coast of Cuba. The third scenario is a magnitude 8.5 earthquake Northeast of the Lesser Antilles.

Source: DR1, tsunamizone

Mar 14, 2017

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