FOCUS Information Agency: "Washington. The Caribbean's readiness for the type of natural disaster that recently struck Japan will be tested when its tsunami warning system undergoes a simulated emergency, AFP reported.
Thirty-three countries are preparing to participate in the March 23 exercise, organized by a branch of the United Nations in response to the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said Japan's experience shows 'how essential alert systems are.'
'In this context the development of a coordinated system in the Caribbean is more relevant than ever, enabling coastal countries to prepare in the event of such a disaster and to save human lives,' Bokova said in a statement.