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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