While the Caribbean is commonly thought of as a tranquil place for a vacation, with turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, it faces devastating natural hazards, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Hurricanes get their due attention every year with the onset of the hurricane season. To the credit of local authorities, earthquakes and tsunamis began to receive much more consideration in the last quarter of the 20th century. This happened in spite of the fact that damaging quakes and tsunamis may strike any given island only once every century or two. Complicating the development of a long-term earthquake monitoring program,...

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