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Bridgetown, Barbados, February 14, 2011 (CDEMA) - Senior government officials of the Eastern Sub-Region under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system will meet in Antigua and Barbuda under the auspices of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) to discuss the strengthening of coordination for disaster response in their sub-region.

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 9, 2011, (CDEMA) - The Management Committee of Council (MCC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) held its first meeting last Friday (February 4, 2011) in Barbados.  

In his opening remarks, the Honorable Charles Savarin, the Chair of the CDEMA Council and Minister for National Security, Immigration & Labour in Dominica, said that the Meeting was “ a critical step in  giving life to the deepening of the CDEMA governance process, a key element of the policy context that guided the renaming and restructuring of the  Agency.”  

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 8, 2011 (CDEMA) – CDEMA through the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is enhancing the mechanisms for notification and dissemination of warning information on tsunami and other coastal hazards to at risk coastal populations in its Participating States.

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, February 4, 2011,  (NEMO) - According to information received from the Seismic Research Centre (SRC), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and the Soufriere Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, at 8:16 am today, February 4, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred north of the Paria Peninsula between Trinidad and Venezuela.

The earthquake was felt in Trinidad, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Grenada. The event was located at 11.36°N and 61.87°W with a depth of 144km. No damage or injuries were reported. These results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data is processed.

Scientists are currently in the Territory conducting an eight-day analysis of the geological effects of Hurricane Earl on Anegada to ascertain whether a hurricane impact was responsible for the catastrophic overwash that occurred between 1650 and 1800.

According to the Director of the Department of Disaster Management Sharleen DaBreo, this study is ongoing and relevant because scientists are concerned that the Subduction Zone in this part of the region could create a significant earthquake or tsunami event in the future.

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