The purpose of the CARIBE WAVE exercise is to improve Tsunami Warning System effectiveness along the Caribbean coasts (which are testing protocols and communications systems between the tsunami warning centers and the tsunami warning focal points), to exercise and evaluate operations of the CARIBE EWS Tsunami Warning System, to continue the process of exposure to Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) CARIBE EWS enhanced products, and to validate the readiness to respond to a tsunami.
During the CARIBE WAVE 2017, participants in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will use the Northeastern Antilles Scenario, a regional earthquake located at the East of Antigua that will generate a tsunami for the Caribbean Region.
Origin Time: March 21, 2017 at 14:00 UTC (10:00 AM, Puerto Rico local time)
Location: Latitude: 16.96°N & Longitude: 60.69°W
Depth: 40 km
Magnitude: 8.5 Mw
Participants in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands should refer to information included in this webpage based on the PTWC domestic products and the CARIBE WAVE 2017 PRSN Response Guide for the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region. The first tsunami information message will be issued at 10:05 am (Puerto Rico local time).