Dominica joins the rest of the Caribbean region in undertaking the first-ever Tsunami warning system
Today, Dominica joined Thirty-three countries to participate in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defenses against such disasters.
The exercise, which is dubbed Caribe Wave 11, was aimed to testing the early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards that were set up in the region in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) established under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The exercise which highlighted the effectiveness of tsunami warning mechanisms, weather forecast offices, national coast guards and other relevant offices, was based on a fictional earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, located off the coast of the United States Virgin Islands.
Director-General of UNESCO, said last week’s catastrophic quake and tsunami in Japan have clearly shown the crucial importance of emergency arrangements and that the development of a coordinated system in the Caribbean appears in this context to be more pertinent than ever.
Similar exercises have taken place previously in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. At least 75 tsunamis have been recorded in the Caribbean over the past 500 years, with more than 3,500 deaths attributed to them.