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VITEMA Promotes Tsunami Preparedness In Territory This Week

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) said today that the week of March 10 to 16 is “Tsunami Preparedness Week.”

This is VITEMA’s opportunity continue to promote tsunami preparedness in the territory, it said.

Tsunami danger map for St. Thomas

“Always keep in mind that tsunami preparedness is an ongoing effort,” VITEMA said. “Be aware of tsunami zones, identify tsunami evacuation routes and always stay informed about weather systems and disasters that may impact the territory.”

St. John tsunami warning map.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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