Large amounts of the population across the island of Puerto Rico live in or near the tsunami inundation area.

Last Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Juan, in Coordination with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network and the Caribbean Tsunami Center held the exercise called LANTEX 2012.

The purpose of the exercise Lantex 2012 was to support the tsunami preparedness throughout Puerto Rico.

The drill was about an earthquake off the shores of South Carolina, and the possible Tsunami wave that it may be created.

It was to test sirens of the Emergency Alert System (EAS); get messages of local Radio & TV Network, and other means; test evacuation procedures in all public schools around the island.

In the exercise the Ham radio of Puerto Rico relayed messages about the events of a tsunami.

Angel Santana WP3GW said, ‘I was present at the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) central offices, and served as Net Control with the call sign KP4CVR of the Cuerpo de Voluntarios de Radio aficionados, also we used the repeater system KP4CAR on 147.210 MHz and we took reports from all eleven areas in which PREMA had divided the island. ‘

Also Angel WP3GW said, ‘The Agency- PREMA- wanted to know how the Ham radio operators could to learn about the operation of the Emergency Alert System and about the advantages of the Ham radio communications.’

You can see a TV report in Spanish about the exercise on the link:

http://www.wapa.tv/noticias/locales/exitoso-el-simulacro-de-tsunami_20120328162652.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WapatvNoticias+(WAPA.TV%3A+Noticias

If you would like to learn more about tsunami you can visit the web page:

http://www.tsunami.noaa.gov/