Anti-Tsunami Warning System to be tested in the Caribbean

Paris, (Prensa Latina) Coastal countries of the Caribbean Sea will hold a simulation exercise on Thursday to evaluate and update their tsunami response plans, Unesco announced today in a statement.


Called Caribe Wave 18, the exercise will test the rapid warning system against tsunamis and other coastal risks, created in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of Unesco.

According to the statement, the test will also allow testing the effectiveness of the warning devices of the different actors in the management of emergency situations in the region.

The drill also envisages a triple scenario: the arrival of a tsunami caused by a massive earthquake in front of the coasts of the southern Lesser Antilles, another occurred off the coast of Colombia and a third west of Puerto Rico.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center will send fictitious warning messages to the 47 participating countries and territories.

Based on the success of the drills carried out in 2016 and 2017, which mobilized 330 000 and 740 000 participants, this time the exercise will involve representatives of the national alert services, the rescue services, the meteorological forecasting offices , as well as coastguards, students or representatives of the hotel sector.

In the last five centuries, the Caribbean has been hit by 75 tsunamis, equivalent to 10 percent of the world total of oceanic tsunamis occurred in that period.

In addition, in recent years the population explosion and the concentration of tourists in the coastal areas have weakened the region, warned the text.

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