Spain, High Tsunami Risk

Experts consider Spain to be at high risk of tsunamis. There is however, no emergency protocol or tsunami warning system in place.

An international meeting of 80 representatives from over 40 countries held last week in Santander revealed that if an earthquake like the one that struck Cadiz in 1755 (of magnitude 9 and triggered a tsunami that killed 15,000 people) would occur again today, the death toll would be similar to that of the tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 (300,000 deaths and 1,500,000 homeless).

The Mediterranean areas most at risk include Malaga, Granada, Almeria, Murcia and the Balearic Islands. If a tsunami would form in the north of Algeria, it would take less than 30 minutes for most of the Costa del Sol to be affected by the waves.

Recent studies show that Almeria, Murcia and many localities in the Balearic Islands, would be flooded with a tsunami of only 3 meters.

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