Published On: Sun, Mar 18th, 2018

Isla Mujeres staged tsunami-readiness test

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On Thursday, March 15, the Navy Secretariat of Mexico carried out a “tsunami warning drill” in Isla Mujeres, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, where authorities from the three levels of government and members of the local coordination team participated.

The “Caribe Wave 18” exercise, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Development Organization (UNESCO), is basically a tsunami-readiness test that has been carried out in the several ports of the Caribbean through a simulation, for the last three years.

The simulation serves to evaluate each country’s readiness, response and procedures in case of Tsunami, as well as to encourage local authorities to be better prepared in such a situation.

Semar, based in the Fifth Naval Region of Isla Mujeres, announced that the exercise attempted to improve preparation and time of response in case of a cataclysm along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

The Navy Secretariat of Mexico supports the prevention of the civilian population in the event of natural disasters.


The emergency drill organized by the Atlantic Tsunami Warning Center featured three different scenarios:

  1. The first of the scenarios simulates a tsunami generated by an earthquake of magnitude 8.6 with epicenter south of the Lesser Antilles.
  2. The second simulates such a threat on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
  3. The third scenario simulates an alert on the west coast of Puerto Rico.

Previous exercises in 2016 and 2017 mobilized 330 thousand and 740 thousand participants respectively.




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