"Caribbean Countries Hold Region's First Tsunami Alert Test"

"BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Thirty-three countries will participate Wednesday in the Caribbean region's first full-scale tsunami warning exercise, called Caribe Wave 11.

Based on a fictitious earthquake, the exercise will test the early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards set up in the region in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission established by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

The exercise does not involve communities but instead is aimed at testing the performance of weather forecast offices, national coast guards and other responders."

Environment News Service had the story March 22, 2011.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011