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Sources of Tsunamis in the Caribbean with Possibility to Impact the Southern Coast of the Dominican Republic, expert meeting


Author(s) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Summary The southern coast of Dominican Republic is a very populated region, with several important cities including Santo Domingo, its capital. Important activities are rooted in the southern coast including tourism, industry, commercial ports, and, energy facilities, among others. According to historical reports, it has been impacted by big earthquakes accompanied by tsunamis as in Azua in 1751 and recently Pedernales in 2010, but their sources are not clearly identified.
With partial support of the European Union funded project "Life-Saving Actions: Disaster preparedness and seismic and tsunami risk reduction in the south coast of San Cristóbal province, Dominican Republic» implemented by UNDP, UNESCO and the Assembly of Cooperation for Peace in Dominican Republic (ACPP), UNESCO together with the Seismological Institute of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, organized the meeting of experts "Sources of tsunamis in the Caribbean with possibility to impact the southern coast of the Dominican Republic", on 6 and 7 May 2016, with invited experts and specialists of Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Spain and the United States.
The invited experts analysed in a closed meeting three groups of tsunami sources (tectonic sources, landslides and volcanic eruptions) of which they identified two groups of credible sources of tsunamis in the Caribbean that could impact the southern coast of the Dominican Republic (tectonic sources and submarine landslides)
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Status Published on 07/10/16
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Created at 13:52 on 7 Oct 2016 by Bernardo ALIAGA ROSSEL
Last updated at 19:54 on 13 Oct 2016 by Bernardo ALIAGA ROSSEL