The United Nations (UN) Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, in its new report, announced that a tsunami that may occur may hit large cities in the Mediterranean or nearby.
It was stated that Marseille, Alexandria and Istanbul are in danger and the probability of a tsunami higher than one meter in 30 years is almost 100 percent.
UNESCO said that while communities in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, where tsunamis occur, are often aware of the dangers, they are underestimated in other coastal areas, including the Mediterranean.
FIVE CITIES AND REGIONS WILL JOIN THE ‘TSUNAMI REGION’
According to the news on NTV, in the report published; UNESCO stressed that the five new Mediterranean at-risk cities and regions will join 40 other “tsunami-ready” towns and cities in the 21 countries previously announced.
The five cities identified in the report as at risk of tsunami are Marseille, Alexandria, Istanbul, Cannes, a town near Cádiz on Spain’s Atlantic coast, and Chipiona.
The “Tsunami-ready” program stands out as part of UNESCO’s broader effort ahead of next week’s UN Oceans conference in Lisbon.
The aim of the program is to ensure that all communities at risk know what to do in the event of a tsunami that may occur by 2030. Speaking about the program, Unesco chief tsunami expert Bernardo Aliaga said, “The tsunamis in 2004 and 2011 were a wake-up call,” adding, “We’ve come a long way since 2004. We are safer today. “But there are gaps in preparation and we need to improve, we need to make sure the warnings are understood by visitors and communities.”