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UN-backed tsunami warning exercise for Caribbean

Thirty-three countries will participate in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defences against such disasters.

The 23rd March exercise, Caribe Wave 11, aims to test the early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards set up in the region in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) established under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The exercise will be based on a fictional earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale and located off the coast of the United States Virgin Islands.

It should highlight the effectiveness of tsunami warning mechanisms, weather forecast offices, national coast guards and other relevant offices.

•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: Various •Type: Article •Topic: BC general

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