For the CARIBEWAVE 2016 Exercise, two scenarios have been proposed for the participants: the South Caribbean scenario and North Hispaniola scenario. In the first scenario the tsunami is generated by an earthquake in North Venezuela, while the second scenario shows a tsunami generated by and earthquake in North Hispaniola. The participants may choose the scenario they want to participate according to the needs of their region or agency. The Puerto Rico and the (U.S. and British) Virgin Islands will use the South Caribbean Scenario as agreed with the PRSN. The participant guides (official manual and PRSN Guidebook) are the basic tools for participation in the CARIBEWAVE 2016 Exercise.
For this CARIBEWAVE 2016 exercise, the scenario is based on earthquakes and tsunamis that occurred on the coast of Venezuela in 1853(M6.9) and 1900 (M7.6) along the Caribbean-South America Plate boundary (CSPB). For Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands an earthquake with epicenter in Venezuela is considered a regional earthquake. The earthquake scenario used for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, based on this exercise, is as follows: