For the CARIBE WAVE 2017 Exercise, three scenarios have been proposed for the participants: the Costa Rica Scenario, Cuba Scenario and Northeastern Antilles Scenario. In the first scenario the tsunami is generated by an earthquake on the east coast of Panamá/Costa Rica, in the second scenario the tsunami is generated by and earthquake in south of Santiago de Cuba and the third scenario is a tsunami generated by an earthquake East of Antigua. 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 Northeast Antilles Scenario as agreed with the PRSN. The participant guides (official manual and PRSN Guidebook) are the basic tools for participation in the CARIBE WAVE 2017 Exercise.
For this CARIBE WAVE 2017 exercise, the scenario is based on earthquakes and tsunamis that occurred on the coast of the Lesser Antilles in 1843. This earthquake had estimated magnitudes between M 7.0 and M 8.7 and produced a tsunami with height of 1.2 m (3.9 ft) in Antigua. For Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands an earthquake with epicenter at the East of Antigua is considered a regional earthquake. The earthquake scenario used for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, based on this exercise, is as follows: