In the next 30 years, there is a high risk of a tsunami. This risk is estimated at “almost 100%”. This was stated by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in a study calling on coastal cities to prepare.
The places most at risk are Marseille (France), Alexandria (Egypt) and Istanbul (Turkey). These cities are at risk of being hit by a wave of more than one meter in height in the next 30 years. According to UNESCO, due to sea level rise, many coastal communities in the Mediterranean are located within vulnerable areas. In addition to Marseille, Alexandria and Istanbul, the UNESCO list includes Cannes (France) and Chipiona (Spain) on the list.
In light of the United Nations Ocean Conference to be held in Lisbon from 27 June to 1 July, UNESCO will present its report to better understand the risks to coastal communities. “The tsunami of 2004 and 2011 was a wake-up call – says Bernardo Aliaga, a UNESCO tsunami expert, in Guardian –We’ve come a long way since 2004, and now we’re even safer. But there are still loopholes in dealing with this type of event. That is why we must make sure that tsunami danger warnings are understood by citizens and tourists.”
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