ICS Lecture: Tsunami Exercise, CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 2011

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 8 lecture series for the 2011 semester, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Ejercicio de Tsunamis: CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 2011” [Tsunami Exercise: CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 2011] by Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade (Director, NOAA NWS Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program). Dr. Maritza Barreto (Physical Geographer and Marine Geographer, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP) will offer commentary. The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Description: On March 23, 2011, the first tsunami exercise in the Caribbean area (Caribbean WAVE), and the third in Puerto Rico (LANTEX), was carried out. The purpose of this drill was to prove the effectiveness of the system of early tsunami warning in the Caribbean. The participating countries received a tsunami alert of an alleged magnitude 7.6 earthquake with its epicenter in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The bulletins were issued to the areas of responsibility from the Tsunami Warning Center of the West Coast and Alaska, the Tsunami Warning Center of the Pacific, located in Hawaii, and the Seismic Network of Puerto Rico.  Lessons learned from recent tsunamis and earthquakes have highlighted the importance of governments and citizens to be prepared to respond to these events. This lecture will analyze the experience of this exercise in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean at large.

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

For more information (in Spanish) and photo, see http://www.miprv.com/ejercicio-de-tsunami-en-puerto-rico/

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