27.02.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

Tsunami Strike! Caribbean Edition

© UNESCO / Aliaga An earthquake and tsunami flooded this area in 1842. The foundations of the destroyed buildings now stand in the sea along the shoreline of this fishing village. UNESCO is working for tsunami preparedness throughout the Caribbean and Haiti.

Tsunami Strike! Caribbean Edition offers an interactive e-learning experience in which learners take on the role of a journalist writing an article for a news magazine. Sixteen multimedia lessons on tsunami science, safety, and history are interwoven within the learning scenario as resources for the article.

The material is aimed at middle school and high school students (ages 13-17) but will be useful to a broader audience wishing to learn more about tsunamis in general, and in particular about tsunami risks in the Caribbean. Tsunami Strike! Caribbean Edition has just been released by COMET. The COMET® Programme is sponsored by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service, which is closely engaged with the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS).

This coordination group was formed by countries of the Caribbean region with UNESCO-IOC support in 2006 in order to take steps to establish a coordinated early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards. IGCs are part of UNESCO-IOC’s efforts to aid and advise policy makers and managers in the reduction of risks from tsunamis, storm surges and other coastal hazards by focusing on implementing adaptation measures to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities, their infrastructure and service-providing ecosystems.

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