UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee (IOC) has warned of the danger of a tsunami in the Mediterranean, whose waters are almost completely surrounded by wilderness.
Ms Ryabinin added that the tsunami risk is not underestimated by the authorities in the Mediterranean region, and this is what Tsunami readya project supported by the European Union, aimed at addressing.
Launched on the Greek island of Kos in 2020, after a small tsunami in 2017, it is committed to making coastal communities resilient around the world.
UNESCO currently recognizes about 40 coastal areas in 21 countries as tsunami-ready – a situation that will be at the forefront of conversations in United Nations Ocean Summit in Lisbon on June 27.
“A lot of them are vulnerable areas that need to be prepared when facing this threat,” he added.
Mr. Aliaga emphasized that effective coordination between the research communities and the security and emergency services is critical in order to respond appropriately.
The terrain and vegetation of the area are key elements in the program design process to help deal with the possibility of a tsunami, which, although a rare event, can be fatal.
In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 per disaster, more than any other natural hazard.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega