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CARIBE WAVE is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS). Its major objective is for countries, emergency management stakeholders and communities at risk to test, validate and update their tsunami response plans.

When is CARIBE WAVE 2018?

The annual Tsunami Regional Exercise, Caribe Wave 2018, will take place on March 15, 2018. Register today to participate in this exercise.

Which scenario will be used for CARIBE WAVE 2018?

For CARIBE WAVE 2018 three different scenarios will be simulated. Each country will choose the one that best fits their objectives. The first scenario simulates a magnitude 8.6 earthquake in Barbados. The second scenario is an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Colombia. The third scenario is a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Puerto Rico.

What communication systems will be tested in this exercise?

The initial message will be issued at 1400 UTC by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) throughout all the regular broadcast channels to test communication systems and to start the exercise. Also, the PTWC will issue simulated messages for each of the scenarios to the UNESCO officially designated Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFPs) and National Tsunami Warning Centers. Each country and territory will decide if and how messages will be disseminated within its area of responsibility.

Which agencies are participating in CARIBE WAVE 18?

Each one of the 48 countries and territories members of CARIBE EWS will decide the level of participation and coordinate the corresponding activities within their jurisdiction.

Why should I participate in this exercise?

The vulnerability and the risk of loss of life and welfare from a tsunami along the coasts of the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions should be a big motivation for our communities and countries to be prepared for a tsunami and participate in this exercise.

The exercise guidelines, other related materials and links for registration are available at

How do I register for CARIBE WAVE 2018?

See the links below to learn how you can register using this website:

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UNESCO CARIBE EWS Member States and Territories

Antigua and Barbuda* Bahamas
Barbados Belize Brazil**
Colombia Costa Rica Cuba
Dominica Dominican Republic
France (Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Saint Martin, St. Barthelemy)
Grenada Guatemala Guyana
Haiti Honduras
Jamaica Mexico
Netherlands (Aruba***, Bonaire, Curaçao***, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten***)
Nicaragua Panama
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (Anguilla***, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands***, Cayman Islands***, Montserrat***, Turks and Caicos)
United States (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

*not an IOC Member State

**Designations of Tsunami National Contacts and Tsunami Warning Focal Points pending

***UNESCO Associate Member States participating at IOC CARIBE EWS

Observer Member States of UNESCO CARIBE EWS

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