Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut

KNMI for the Caribbean Netherlands

Tsunamis in the Dutch Caribbean.

They do not occur often, but when they happen, the consequences can be disastrous. The Caribbean area is monitored 24/7 for a tsunami threat by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. And when the time comes, it warns all the Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) of the different regions and countries.

KNMI is the Tsunami Warning Focal Point (TWFP) for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. When KNMI receives a tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the authorities of the islands are notified by email and phone. Crisis measures are started subsequently

Check the current Tsunami Warnings here: http://www.tsunami.gov/

Procedure Tsunami Warnings in the Caribbean Netherlands

The video below (English spoken) shows how the Dutch Caribbean authorities are warned when a tsunami is approaching.
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