A tsunami will sweep over the Mediterranean coasts: an inevitable phenomenon within thirty years

The risk of a wall of water forming after an earthquake is almost certain. The populations are invited to prepare for it.

We still remember the terrible images of the tsunami which hit the Thai coasts in particular, on December 26, 2004. Never at the time, we could have thought that such a phenomenon would strike our coast.

Yet the intergovernmental oceanographic commission of unesco asserts, we can expect a disaster of this type in the coming years in the Mediterranean Sea.

Preparing people

This subject will be one of the main topics discussed at the United Nations Conference on the Oceans which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 27 June.

The International Oceanic Commission (IOC) of Unesco wishes on this occasion to extend its program “Tsunami Ready”, created in 2017, to prepare coastal populations to prepare for risks of tsunami and in particular in the Mediterranean, as reported The cross.

A “considerable” risk that should not be overlooked

A scientific study published in ScienceDirect demonstrates that the risk is “considerable” in the Mediterranean Sea within the next few years.

We must therefore be prepared to see the formation and above all the breaking of a giant destructive “wave” several meters high on our coast, the origin of which is seismic. Because this wall of water carries away everything in its path.

What is the preparation program?

“The global tsunami warning system, piloted by Unesco, is particularly effective in detecting tsunamis very quickly. But ringing the alarm bell is not enough: to save lives, coastal communities must also be trained to react in the right way. Unesco is now firmly committed to training them all over the world by 2030”, as Audrey Azoulay, the director general of theUnesco.

Already tested in 40 communities in 21 countries, in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, the “Tsunami Ready” program will be extended globally to thousands of more vulnerable coastal communities.

Indicators to be ready in the event of a tsunami.
Illustration Pixabay – scym

The program defines twelve criteria that cover all stages, from prevention, population training and risk assessment to preparedness and response, adapted to local needs.

A phenomenon that has already happened in the Mediterranean

According to theINGVthe Italian national institute of geology and vulcanology, hasat least 290 tsunamis have already Mediterranean sea productse, hundreds of years ago.

But the most recent hit the island of Samos in Greece on October 30, 2020 and the Côte d’Azur on October 16, 1979. Each time, victims are to be deplored…

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