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This Spanish town would have 21 minutes to evacuate before a tsunami

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) predicts with 100% certainty that a tsunami over one meter will hit the Mediterranean within the next 30 years
• The Averroes fault beneath the Alboran Sea is the identified danger zone, and a resulting earthquake could generate six-meter waves reaching Spain in as little as 21 minutes

🔭 The context: Historically, Spain has experienced only seven tsunamis since 365 AD
• While not expected to reach the devastating scale of the Indian Ocean or Japanese tsunamis, a Mediterranean tsunami could still cause significant damage and casualties

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The potential tsunami poses significant environmental and safety risks for coastal areas, with possible severe impacts on marine ecosystems and human settlements along the Mediterranean coastline

⏭️ What's next: Countries like Spain and France are developing and testing early warning and evacuation plans
• The Spanish town of Chipiona is pioneering efforts to become "tsunami-ready" by conducting mock evacuation drills

💬 One quote: “We don’t expect waves of 20 meters, like in Japan, Chile, or Sumatra, but more like one to two meters.” - Hélène Hébert, national coordinator of France’s CENALT

📈 One stat: Around 100 tsunamis have occurred in the Mediterranean and surrounding seas since the beginning of the 20th century

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