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Trinidad and Tobago is not currently under a Tsunami Watch

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management advises that Trinidad and Tobago is currently NOT under any tsunami threat. A tsunami watch followed by a cancellation a few minutes later at 9:53 am was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre which stated the warning was sent in error to the Caribbean and was meant for the Pacific. This watch was due to an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 which occurred off the coast of Costa Rica.

 

Citizens are reminded of the following tips in the event there is a tsunami:

 

  • If you recognize signs of a tsunami - such as a strong earthquake or the sea pulling back significantly from the coastline - leave the area immediately, head for high ground and stay there. Move uphill or at least inland, away from the coast.
  • Abandon your belongings. Save your life, not your possessions.
  • Do not count on the roads. When fleeing a tsunami caused by a nearby earthquake, you may find roads broken or blocked.
  • Sometimes tsunamis may occur without the initial pulling back of the sea. In this case, a massive wall of water may be seen approaching land. If you can see the wave you are already too close to outrun it.
  • If you are unable to move to higher ground, go to an upper floor (at least the 3rd storey) or roof of a strong building. As a last resort, climb a strong tree if trapped on low ground.
  • If swept up by a tsunami, look for something to use as a raft.
  • Expect many waves. The next wave may be bigger, and the tsunami may last for hours

 

(Excerpt taken from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency www.weready.org)

 

ENDS

Contact:

Dr. Stephen Ramroop, Chief Executive Officer, 868 789 2779

 

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