No tsunami alerts have been issued for Barbados.
This assurance has come from Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, and the Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services, Sonia Nurse, in the wake of a circulating Whatsapp message stating that Barbados was among over 30 countries under tsunami alert following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica.
Ms. Nurse indicated that on Friday, March 2, the MET Office issued a High Surf Advisory and small craft warning for Barbados, which is valid until Wednesday, March 7. However, she stressed that this did not signify a tsunami threat.
She also emphasised that tsunamis warnings issued by the Barbados MET Office would not be transferred to the public via WhatsApp, but through official sources, including the Barbados Government Information Service.
Ms. Hinds explained that the MET Office was Barbados’ Tsunami Warning Focal Point, and was responsible for receiving and issuing official tsunami information from the Seismic Research Centre and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.
The DEM Director urged members of the public to ensure that information on hazards, alerts and warnings was received from official sources. She also reminded persons that while there was no way of knowing if or when an earthquake will occur, they should know the natural warning signs of a tsunami.
March is recognised as Tsunami and Earthquake Smart Month in Barbados and the theme for this year’s activities is: Road to Tsunami Recognition.