Friday, January 12, 2018 Jamaica Observer
The assurance by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) that it has been “doing quite a lot” in the area of informing and educating Jamaicans how to respond to forces of nature, such as tsunamis, is encouraging.
|One of several Bottom Town houses affected by rising |
waters last week. (Photos: Mark Cummings)
According to ODPEM Director General Major Clive Davis, the agency conducted tsunami simulation programmes in Port Antonio and Annotto Bay, as well as drills in more than 25 schools last year.
“There are a number of buoys that are sitting in the ocean that provide valuable information whenever or if there is a threat of a tsunami,” Major Davis told this newspaper on Wednesday, adding that the ODPEM continues to work closely with the University of the West Indies, Mona campus Earthquake Unit which, he said, now has advanced equipment for recording earthquake events.
Major Davis was responding to concerns raised about Jamaica's state of preparedness in the wake of a massive magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands late Tuesday night. more