Exercise Pacific Wave 15

Exercise Pacific Wave 15

2-6 FEBRUARY 2015  

     At its 25th Session the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS-XXV, Vladivostok, Russian Federation, 9–11 September 2013) approved the conduct of Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 (PacWave15) during the first Quarter of 2015 to practise using the Operational PTWC Enhanced Products. At its fourth meeting in July 2014 the PTWS Steering Committee (SC) endorsed the recommendation of the Task Team for the format and conduct of PacWave15 and set the dates to be between 2–6 February 2015. Accordingly, PacWave15 will be an important warning centre milestone preparedness activity.

     The aim of PacWave15 is to test the new Operational PTWC Enhanced Products of the PTWS. PacWave15 will simulate Pacific countries receiving Tsunami Threat messages containing wave amplitude forecasts. Member States may then use the information in their decision making to assess their national threat. The Exercise will include multiple scenarios to allow use of a distant or regional event, and will be conducted in real time during the daytime. The exercise is being overseen by the Task Team on PacWave15 (ICG/PTWS-XXV.1, Appendix) co-chaired by New Zealand and ITIC.

Exercise Documents 


 Document Title

Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 - Summary Report (TS 117, April 2015) (PDF, 2.5 MB) NEW     contains Volume 1 (exercise manual) and Volume 2 (evaluation results)

Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 - IOC Information
  • PacWave15 Announcement, IOC Circular Letter No. 2548, Nov 2014  (PDF, 310 KB)
  • Appendix to Recommendation ICG/PTWS-XXV.1 PTWS WG 2 Task Team on PACWAVE 15,
        Sep 2013 (PDF, 24 KB)
  • ICG/PTWS Steering Committee Meeting, Jul 2014 (PDF, 95 KB)
  • PacWave15 Task Team - Terms of Reference, Members (PDF, 50 KB)
Exercise Pacific Wave 13 Summary Report - Final (PDF, 8.17 MB)
How to Plan, Conduct, and Evaluate Tsunami Exercises  IOC Manual and Guides 58, 2013)
  • English (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Spanish (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  • Summary Powerpoint (Oct 2011) (PPT, 3.0 MB)

PTWC Enhanced Products

Enhanced Products Web Site

User’s Guide for the PTWC Enhanced Products for the PTWS (IOC TS 105 rev, Aug 2014) 

  • English, correction 14 Oct 2014 (Full resolution, PDF, 4.4 MB) 
  • Spanish, correction 14 Oct 2014 (Full resolution, PDF, 4.4 MB)

PTWC New Enhanced Products - 1 page Information Sheet (Sep 2014) (Light PDF, 700 KB)

PTWC New Enhanced Products - Overview (Sep 2014) (PPT, 12 MB; PDF, 7 MB)

Start of Issuance of PTWS PTWC Enhanced Products, 0000 UTC, 1 October 2014 
(IOC CL 2535, 4 Sep 2014) (PDF, 2.47 MB)

IOC Tsunami Warning Focal Point (TWFP) and National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) Definitions (IOC Executive Council, July 2014) (PDF, 53 KB)

Updating information on National Tsunami Warning Centres (NTWC) and Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) for the PTWS region according to new definitions (23 January 2015)
IOC CL 2563 (PDF, 352 KB)
IOC CL 2563 Annex, NTWC, TWFP Nomination Form (MsWord, 82 KB)

PacWave15 Overview - Summary Powerpoint (Feb 2015)
  • English (PDF,  322 KB; PPT,  1.3 MB) 
PacWave15 Scenarios
  • Earthquake Hypocenters and MSEL (DOC, 185 KB)
  • Tsunami Travel Time Maps (HTML) 

   TTT PacWave11 scenarios (Nansei-Shoto, Tonga, Colombia-Ecuador)
   TTT PacWave13 (Japan, Manila), PacWave15 Peru-Chile scenarios 

PacWave15 Master Schedule of Events List (MSEL) (PTWC, NWPTAC)
  • Scenarios and MSEL (DOC, 185 KB), revised 30 January 2015
PacWave15 Scenarios - Messages 
      Download ZIP files containing All Messages issued by PTWC (New Enhanced Products) or JMA/NWPTAC (Existing Products) for the scenario. 
  • Northern Japan Trench:
        PTWC - Text (TXT, 134 KB), Graphical (JPG wave forecasts, Polygon Table, KMZ, 3.4 MB)
        JMA NWPTAC - Text (TXT, PDF)
  • Nansei-Shoto Trench - Ryukyus:
        PTWC - Text (TXT, 137 KB), Graphical (JPG wave forecasts, Polygon Table, KMZ, 4.5 MB)
        JMA NWPTAC - Text (TXT, PDF)
  • Manila Trench - South China Sea:
        PTWC - Text (TXT, 105 KB), Graphical (JPG wave forecasts, Polygon Table, KMZ, 4.3 MB)
        JMA NWPTAC - Text (TXT, PDF)
  • Tonga Trench:
        PTWC - Text (TXT, 130 KB), Graphical (JPG wave forecasts, Polygon Table, KMZ, 3.3 MB)
  • Peru-Chile Trench:
        PTWC - Text (TXT, 142 KB), Graphical (JPG wave forecasts, Polygon Table, KMZ, 3.0 MB)
  • Colombia-Ecuador Trench:
        PTWC - Text (TXT, 128 KB), Graphical (JPG wave forecasts, Polygon Table, KMZ, 2.9 MB)

PacWave15 Exercise Evaluation Form (available starting 5 February 2015)
Please complete online by 21 February 2015, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pacwave15_eval

For reference, fillable PDF-format is also provided.

  • English (PDF, 393 KB, 5 February 2015)
PacWave15 - UNESCO Press Release
  • English (PDF, 123 KB)
  • French (PDF, 71 KB)
  • Spanish (PDF, 137 KB)

PacWave15 National Contacts, Country Participation, 1 February 2015 (PDF, 84 KB)



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