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Caribbean Tsunami: Ever Present Danger

Preparing for a Caribbean Tsunami

Caribean beach

Caribbean beach, calm and sunny

Caribbean Tsunami events have swept through our islands at least 75 timesĀ  over the last 500 years. Some scientists suggest up to 100. That amounts to 10% of all the oceanic tsunamis on our planet!

In 2008, 2011 and March of this year 2013 simulated exercises were run in the region across 32 nations to test rapid response to dangerous Caribbean tsunami events. This demonstrates the serious potential for one of these catastrophes to happen, and for the region to test its own preparedness.

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Tropical Storm Chantal

Tropical Storm Chantal

Tropical Storm Chantal – Image Courtesy GDACS.org

Tropical Storm ChantalTropical Storm Chantal formed over the central tropical Atlantic on Sunday night, July 7, 2013. This triggered Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe and otherislands in the Windwards and Leewards. Haiti and the Dominica Republic were put on Hurricane Watch status.

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