HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TSUNAMIS – TSUNAMIS ARE RARE, BUT ARE A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS THREAT TO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Montserrat is located in the Eastern Caribbean which is considered the most seismically active area along the Caribbean Plate.

Numerous volcanoes – both above ground and submarine – have the potential to cause landslides that generate tsunamis. This tsunami threat is in addition to earthquake-generated tsunamis along major faults and plate boundaries. Each year, over 1200 earthquakes are recorded in the Eastern Caribbean.

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY MARCH 21ST, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS: A relatively dry air mass will persist across the area.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent or low chance of showers.

WINDS: East 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to16 knots.

SEAS: 1.2 to 1.5 metres or 4 to 5 feet.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:21 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:13 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30 °C/ 86 °F

LOW: 21°C/70° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH, 2019

Synopsis: A ridge will restrict significant clouds from developing over the Leewards; however shallow clouds will affect sky conditions over these islands today

Weather today: Partly sunny to locally cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of a light shower

Weather tonight: Fair to partly cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chanceof a shower

WINDS: Generally easterly with average speeds between 8 to 14 knots or 15 to 26 km/h.

SEAS: 1.2 to 1.5 meters or 4 to 5 feet.

Sunset today: 6:20 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:14 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30 °C/ 86 °F

LOW: 22°C/72° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS: A ridge will restrict significant clouds from developing over the Leewards; however shallow clouds will affect sky conditions over these islands today

Weather today: Partly sunny to locally cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of a light shower

Weather tonight: Fair to partly cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chanceof a shower

WINDS: Generally easterly with average speeds between 8 to 14 knots or 15 to 26 km/h.

SEAS: 1.2 to 1.5 meters or 4 to 5 feet.

Sunset today: 6:20 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:14 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30 °C/ 86 °F

LOW: 22°C/72° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CARIBE WAVE TSUNAMI EXERCISE TODAY

Today, Thursday March 14th, 2019, Montserrat will join other countries across the Caribbean to participate in the annual tsunami simulation exercise “Caribe Wave” 2019. This year’s scenario simulates a tsunami generated by the flank of Kick ‘em Jenny Volcano. For this simulated exercise, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake associated with a submarine volcanic eruption and subsequent collapse of Kick’em Jenny, North of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles, which generates a tsunami. a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the Mona Passage just west of Puerto Rico.

The purpose of this exercise is to advance tsunami preparedness efforts in Montserrat, the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions.

The Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is encouraging residents to use this opportunity to test their earthquake, tsunami and evacuation procedures.

According to officials at the Disaster Management Coordinator today’s activity will give DMCA an opportunity to test its alerting and communications protocols with the Pacific Warning Centre and other regional agencies.

As part of Montserrat’s tsunami readiness project, tsunami warning signs have been erected in Little Bay and Carrs Bay.

This project will see other tsunami-vulnerable areas benefiting from the installation signage including evacuation routes and the demarcation of rendezvous points and mapping of vulnerable coastlines.

CARIBE WAVE is the annual tsunami exercise of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This exercise will be conducted on 14 March 2019, and coordinated together with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Caribbean regional emergency management stakeholders (CEPREDENAC [Coordination Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America], CDEMA [Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency], and EMIZA [French Inter-Ministerial for the Antilles Estate Major Zone]).

For more information, you can contact the DMCA at 491-7166 or 491-7161 or email dmca@gov.ms.

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DMCA CONTINUES ITS TSUNAMI AND EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN TODAY WITH A VISIT TO THE MONTSERRAT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Natural disasters and other emergencies can happen at any time with little or no warning; at home, at the beach, at a party or at school.

When disasters and emergencies happen everyone should be prepared to handle them safely and effectively.

Some natural disasters can be predicted, giving residents enough warning to evacuate or take other safety precautions, but others can happen unexpectedly or go through rapid changes that suddenly put our homes, work places and schools in danger.

Many natural disasters can be predicted and tracked, but earthquakes and tsunamis tend to strike without warning.

Thoughtful planning and preparation can help ensure the safety of all residents including students and staff at schools should an earthquake occur during school hours, at home, at church, at a fete or elsewhere.

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY MARCH 8TH, 2019

SYNOPSIS: A relatively stable atmosphere will dominate weather conditions over Montserrat today;however a slight increase in moisture is expected over this islands tonight

WEATHER TODAY: Sunny to partly sunny with a 20 percent or slight chance of a brief shower

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to locally cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of a brief overnight shower

WINDS: Generally easterly with average speeds between 8 to 14 knots or 15 to 26 km/h.

SEAS: 1.2 to 1.8 meters or 4 to 6 feet.

Sunset today: 6:18 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:22 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30 °C/ 86 °F

LOW: 23°C/73 ° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY MARCH 7TH, 2019

SYNOPSIS: Some low level cloud patches streaming across the region on the tradewinds will maintain a moderate chance of showers across the islands this morning. A drier and more stable airmass settling over the area this afternoon and tonight will keep the chance of showers low.

WEATHER TODAY: Cloudy this morning with a 60 percent or moderate chance of showers during the morning while the chance of showers will reduced to 30 percent or low under generally partly cloudy skies this afternoon.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 10 percent or slight chance of showers.

WINDS: Easterly at 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots..

SEAS: 1.5 to 1.8 metres or 5 to 6 feet..

Sunset today: 6:18 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:23 am.

Please continue to monitor DMCA ’s facebook page -Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency -DMCA and website – www.dmca.gov.msand ZJB Radio Montserrat for regular updates. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MV0) WEEKLY REPORT FEBRUARY 22ND, 2019 TO MARCH 1ST, 2019

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded no volcanic events this week.

SO2 flux measurements were taken from the helicopter on February 22nd and 27th, with eight traverses on each day. The average flux values were 541 tonnes per day on the 22nd and 184 tonnes per day on 27th.

Pyroclastic flows can occur at any time without warning on any side of the volcano, including Gages from where they can travel rapidly into Plymouth. Tracks across the Belham Valley can be destroyed or heavily modified by flash flooding or lahars, and caution should be exercised crossing the valley during and after rainfall.

The Hazard Level is 1. There is no public access to Zone V, including Plymouth. Maritime Zones E and W are daytime transit only between sunrise and sunset (boats may sail through the zone but must not stop). Anyone who ignores these restrictions is liable to be prosecuted. Continue reading

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10 DAY MONTSERRAT MARINE WEATHER FORECAST MON. MAR. 4TH, 2019 TO WED. MAR. 13, 2019

 

Monday, March 4th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM 
Seas.. 1.8M 1.7M. 1.8M
Winds.. E19MPH. 17MPH. 20MPH.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. 1.8M 1.7M. 1.6M
Winds.. E20MPH E 18MPH. E18MPH.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. 1.8M 1.7M. 1.6M
Winds.. E18MPH. E 14MPH. E15MPH.

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. 1.6M 1.4M. 1.4M
Winds.. E17MPH. E 16MPH. E16MPH.

Friday, March 8th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. 1.4M 1.4M. 1.4M
Winds.. E17MPH. E 16MPH. E17MPH.

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Seas.. 1.5M 1.3M. NE 1.3M
Winds.. E17MPH. E 15MPH. E14MPH.

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. NE 1.4M NE1.3M. NE 1.3M
Winds.. E16MPH. E 13MPH. NE16MPH.

Monday, March 11th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. NE 1.3M NE1.3M. NE 1.3M
Winds.. E14MPH. N E 15MPH. NE17MPH.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. 1.3M 1.3M. 1.3M
Winds.. E17MPH. E 17MPH. E16MPH.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 6AM 12 PM 6PM
Seas.. 1.2M 1.2M. 1.2M
Winds.. E15MPH. E 15MPH. E15MPH. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY MARCH 5TH, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS: A broad area of high pressure is the dominant feature. It will keep the chances for cloudiness and showers low across the Islands.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent or low chance of showers

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers

WINDS: East southeast at 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots.

SEAS: 1.5 metres or 5 feet.

Sunset today: 6:17 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:24 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 29 °C/ 84 °F

LOW: 23°C/723° F Continue reading

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