Cuba to conduct national exercises to tackle earthquakes, tsunamis

14:27, May 19, 2010      

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Cuba will conduct for the first time civilian and military maneuvers on May 21-23 and June 25-26 to tackle earthquakes and tsunamis, authorities said on Tuesday.

Cuba has an emergency civil defense system against hurricanes, however, this is the first time the country holds a national exercise to assess the capacity of response to an earthquake or a tsunami.

The maneuvers will include practical exercises to mitigate the damages caused by earthquakes, exercises on possible toxic or oil spills and health emergencies, said the deputy chief of the Civil Defense, Lt Col. Leandro Nicolau.

Cuba has undergone some 25 earthquakes since the 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January.



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