By Karen Fay O’loughlin, James F. Lander (auth.)
Caribbean Tsunamis - A 500-Year historical past from 1498-1998 commonly characterizes the character of tsunamis within the Caribbean Sea, whereas taking into consideration either medical facets in addition to strength curiosity via the various governments and populations prone to be laid low with the danger. Comprehension of the character of tsunamis and previous results is essential for the notice and schooling of populations in danger.
Audience: This booklet presents a radical, but hugely obtainable evaluation of tsunamis within the Caribbean. it really is of curiosity not just to tsunami and ordinary dangers experts at academia and governmental institutes, but additionally to coverage makers and to the overall public.
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Effects were mentioned at Grenada, and shocks were feIt at St. Vincent, Tobago, and Guyana, but reports are not known from islands in the considerable distance between St. Kitts and St. Vincent. Note also the great distance between reporting areas mentioned for the March 1868 event. 1. March 17, 1868, Puerto Rico and Bequia Considered a culrninating aftershock of the massive November 1867 earthquake, it was reported as heavy all over Puerto Rico [R-F == IX]. " Damage reports were available only from San Juan, where nearly all important buildings suffered considerable damage and ships in the harbor distinctly feIt the shock.
An active subduction zone exists at the eastern margin of the Caribbean Plate where the North American Plate subducts beneath the Caribbean Plate at the island arc of the Lesser Antilles archipelago. The local tsunami hazard in those areas a near subduction zone is generally very severe. Throughout the northern boundary of the region, numerous strike-slip faults exist, indieating potential danger from tectonie events (Mercado Irizarry, personal communieation, 1997a). The faulting systems that limit the Caribbean Plate to the south, along the coast of Venezuela, similarly present danger from tectonie events.
St ed~ SI Croi l Figure 9. A triangle fonned by Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico; Saint Thomas; and Saint Croix encloses the tsunarnigenic origin of the formidable November 18, 1867 earthquake, its epicenter placed 15 to 20 kilometers southwest of Saint Thomas. 6 kilometers], the deepest part of the Anegada Channel passing from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean between Saint Croix and Saint Thomas. ocean to recede from shores on all sides of the seismic convulsion. Produced as well, were the landslide tsunami at Guadeloupe and possible volcanic activity at St.