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Tsunami

Published 26th March 2015, 1:22pm

The Cayman Islands joined other localities in the Caribbean as a participant in a tsunami response exercise on March 25, 2015. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate local tsunami response plans, increase tsunami preparedness, and improve coordination throughout the region.

The exercise, titled Caribe Wave / Lantex 15, simulated a widespread Tsunami Warning and Watch situation throughout the Caribbean which required implantation of the Cayman Islands Tsunami Response Plans.

The Exercise simulated a major earthquake and tsunami generated just off the Caribbean coast of Panama at 9 am local time on March 25, 2015. A handbook was prepared which described the scenario and contained tsunami messages from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC): the Agency that provides tsunami alerts and notifications to the Cayman Islands focal points.

The exercise was sponsored by numerous agencies including the UNESCO/IOC Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS), the Caribbean Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).