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VI practises earthquake & tsunami response

- strong response seen from schools & pubic service
Strong support was received from schools, including Elmore Stoutt High School (left) and Althea Scatliffe Primary School (right) for the earthquake and tsunami response as part of Caribe Wave on March 10, 2022. Photo: DDM
Students of Bregado Flax Educaiton Centre on Virgin Gorda take part in Carib Wave on March 10, 2022. Photo: DDM
Students of Bregado Flax Educaiton Centre on Virgin Gorda take part in Carib Wave on March 10, 2022. Photo: DDM
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Students, first responders and other residents of the Virgin Islands joined the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America to practise the safest way to respond in case of an earthquake and tsunami as part of Caribe Wave.

Formerly known as the Large Atlantic Tsunami Exercise or LANTEX, the preparedness exercise held annually on March 10, 2022, dates back to 2009, and has become part of the preparedness routine for many in the Virgin Islands.

Strong participation from schools & public service- Jasen Penn

According to a press release from Government Information Service (GIS) on March 15, 2022, Acting Director of the Department of Disaster Management Mr Jasen Penn said, “We had very strong participation among the schools and the Public Service – approximately 5,000 persons registered with the Department, with a majority of those persons having participated in a previous Caribe Wave exercise.”

Mr Penn added, “It’s particularly encouraging to see many of our most vulnerable residents taking part, such as the students in our early childhood education centres.”

The Acting Director said that consistent practice in annual exercises is one important factor in preparedness for earthquakes, tsunamis and other hazards.

“What we find is that for every exercise, persons identify ways they can improve their level of preparedness. Some might improve how they receive emergency alerts, identify a secondary evacuation route, or include additional items in a go-bag – these simple steps are helping families and businesses be ready,” he said.

Training Manager Carishma Hicks thanked all Caribe Wave participants for contributing to the Territory’s overall readiness for the rare but serious threat of a tsunami.

“When we look at previous impacts such as the Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami in the south Pacific earlier this year, we can see that where the population is well informed about how to identify and respond to potential tsunami threats, injury and loss of life is minimal, even where damage to property is extensive,” Ms Hicks said.

Participants are encouraged to share their feedback on the exercise via a brief survey at

About Carib Wave

Caribe Wave is coordinated together with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunamis and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and adjacent regions (CARIBE-EWS), and national disaster offices throughout the region. The purpose of the exercise is to advance tsunami preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and adjacent regions. Participation in Caribe Wave also helps the BVI meet the requirements of the Tsunami Ready certification, which has been held since 2014.

9 Responses to “VI practises earthquake & tsunami response”

  • Hillside i shall be (15/03/2022, 15:50) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Y'all well know somthing is coming, educate the masses so that we wouldn't be surprise when it hits
  • hill (15/03/2022, 16:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ready or not here I come!
  • wolf (15/03/2022, 19:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The loud intermittent sirens on Thurs. morning 10 March taught my dog to howl like a wolf!
  • (15/03/2022, 21:15) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Poor these fat children to work up the hill
    • SMH (16/03/2022, 08:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dunce, what on earth are you really trying to say?
    • @... (19/03/2022, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If they walk up hills regularly, they will not have any issues. They need the exercise.
  • Thinking (16/03/2022, 09:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tortola is approx 80 miles from the northern edge of the Caribbean tectonic plate. A major quake at this point producing a tsunami which travels at an average speed of approx 500mph , in the worst case scenario there is just under ten minutes from the quake for everyone to reach a high point of safety that’s ignoring allowing any time for the activation of the warning system . Get your
  • Lily Ann (16/03/2022, 10:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yall need to take arial and sea coat videos to properly let folks know where are the high points and low points on the island, especially the Valley virgin and up at Anegada. as for Anegada, please encourage folks to get up in high buildings or roofs !!!! sirens is one thing, not knowing what to do when the Siren comes on is another thing, not everyone has hills where they live !!!!!!

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