For the CARIBE WAVE 2022 Regional Exercise, two scenarios have been proposed for the participants the Western Muertos Trough and the Northern Panama Scenario. The first scenario will simulate a tsunami generated by an 8.0 Mw earthquake located in Western Muertos Trough, at 256 km west-southwest of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The second scenario simulates a tsunami generated by an 8.3 Mw earthquake located in Northern Panama.
The participants in the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region (Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands) may use the Western Muertos Trough scenario as an agreement for their region.
For this CARIBE WAVE 2022 Communication Exercise, the scenario is based on earthquakes and tsunamis that occurred in Western Muertos Trough. For the purposes of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Region, an earthquake with an epicenter located south of the Dominican Republic at western Muertos Trough is considered a regional earthquake. The earthquake scenario used for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, based on this exercise, is as follows: