For the CARIBE WAVE 2018 Exercise, three scenarios have been proposed for the participants: the Barbados Scenario, Colombia Scenario and Puerto Rico Scenario. In the first scenario the tsunami is generated by an earthquake on the Southeast of Barbados, in the second scenario the tsunami is generated by and earthquake in North of Colombia and the third scenario is a tsunami generated by an earthquake West of Puerto Rico. The participants may choose the scenario they want to participate according to the needs of their region or agency. The Puerto Rico and the (U.S. and British) Virgin Islands will use the Puerto Rico Scenario as agreed with the PRSN. The participant guides (o.02f\ficial manual and PRSN Guidebook) are the basic tools for participation in the CARIBE WAVE 2018 Exercise.
For this CARIBE WAVE 2018 exercise, the scenario is based on earthquakes and tsunamis that occurred in Puerto Rico on October of 1918. This earthquake had estimated magnitudes between M 7.3 and produced a tsunami with height of 6.1 m (20 ft) on the western coast of Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands an earthquake with epicenter at the Mona Canyon, west coast of Puerto Rico, is considered a local earthquake. The earthquake scenario used for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, based on this exercise, is as follows: