Caribe Wave 13

Caribe Wave 13

The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS) of the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the US National Weather Service and National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program will be conducting a tsunami exercise on March 20, 2013. The purpose of this exercise is to assist tsunami preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and Adjacent regions, including U.S. and Canadian east coasts, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda. The CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX13 tsunami scenario simulates a tsunami generated by a M 8.5 earthquake originating 57 miles north of Oranjestad, Aruba in the Caribbean Sea. The initial dummy message will be issued by the Pacific and West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Centers (PTWC/WCATWC) on March 20, 2013 at 1302 UTC and disseminated over all its standard broadcast channels. The dummy message is issued to test communications with Tsunami Warning Focal Points and Emergency Management Organizations, and to start the exercise. It will be the only exercise message broadcast from the PTWC/WCATWC, excluding special email messages. The manual includes the tsunami and earthquake scenario information, time lines, the PTWC/WCATWC exercise messages, a model press release and instructions for post exercise evaluation. The handbook also includes the scenario outputs of ShakeMap and the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) products provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). High levels of vulnerability and risk to life and livelihoods from tsunamis along the Caribbean and Adjacent regions, U.S. and Canadian east coasts, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda should provide a strong incentive for countries and local jurisdictions to prepare for a tsunami and participate in this exercise.


Document Title  Format/Size
 Press Release (Puerto Rico, Spanish)  PDF (122 KB)
 CARIBE WAVE 13 Exercise Manual (English)  PDF (3.6 MB)
 Presentation (English)  PDF (2.9 MB)
 Animation of Caribe Wave Scenario in the Caribbean  AVI (3.1 MB)
 Animation of CARIBE WAVE Scenario in Puerto Rico (West)  AVI (6.5 MB)
 Animation of CARIBE WAVE Scenario in Puerto Rico (East)  AVI (7.3 MB)
 Animation of CARIBE WAVE Scenario in Puerto Rico (Central)   AVI (10.9 MB)


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