St. George’s Grenada, April 28, 2011 (CDEMA) - The Grenada National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) is implementing a five day Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Public Awareness and Education (PAE) campaign in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and funded by the Government of Australia, Agency for International Development (AusAID). The campaign’s main objective is to promote increased awareness about tsunami and other coastal hazards risks and also aims to empower those in roles of responsibility and influence with the correct tools to dissemination tsunami information. The Public Awareness and Education campaign will hopefully reduce the number of fatalities and damage to coastal businesses and communities.

Kingston, Jamaica Tuesday April 19, 201 –The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency  (CDEMA) through the support of the Government of Australia (AusAid) today launched a national 5 day Public Awareness and Education (PAE) campaign. Public and private sector stakeholders including representatives from the media, the meteorological service, various government ministries, the tourism, shipping and transportation sectors were exposed to an intensive session highlighting their roles in disaster risk reduction directly related to tsunamis.

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.96 on the Richter Scale was felt throughout the Virgin Islands at approximately 12:28am this morning.  The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.78N and 64.28 West or 8.36km NE of Anegada, 35. 31Km NE of Virgin Gorda or 54.23Km NE of Road Town, Virgin Islands at a depth of 25 miles.

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