Despite the withdrawal of the United States from U.N. body, which threatened to delay the introduction of an early warning system for the Caribbean, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œemergency fundsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â were diverted to the project which is expected to be completed by 2014.
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Scientists researching and following tsunamis have said that is a case of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œwhen, not ifÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the region would be struck by the giant waves triggered by earthquakes and volcanic activity, Watson-Wright noted.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œLurking beneath the azure waters that wash up on countless coastal and island beaches and vacation spots is the potential for a devastating tsunami,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â she added. In addition to the 40 million people living in the region, she said 22 million people annually visit the Caribbean, making the region ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œextremely vulnerable to the impacts of tsunamis.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Since 1498 there have been at least 94 tsunamis with run-ups reported in the Caribbean region, causing 4,652 deaths, Watson-Wright said. She said most of these tsunamis were associated with underwater, or what are called submarine earthquakes, although the Caribbean Sea region has all of the potential tsunami-generating sources, such as submarine earthquakes, sub-aerial or submarine landslides and volcano activity.
Scientists and disaster management officials have said that models predict a tsunami wiping out vast areas in several island nations where most people live in around capitals and low-lying coastal areas.