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Israel starts preparation for threat of tsunami

October 25, 2009
One surfer takes his board out in hopes of some surfable waves.

One surfer takes his board out in hopes of some surfer-friendly waves.

As much as we enjoy relaxing in the refreshing Mediterranean, it is also one of the world’s most dangerous bodies of water in terms of tsunamis. One quarter of all tsunamis throughout history have occurred in the Mediterranean and half of those occurred as a result of landslides following earthquakes in the vicinity of the Dead Sea. Here is a short video clip that demonstrates how a tsunami is triggered.

Research shows that a powerful tsunami is likely to hit the area every 120 years and that we can expect a powerful earthquake in Israel in the next 50 years. With that being said, there are things Israel has been doing to prepare for a tsunami, should it occur. The establishment of the early-warning system is the most important step and we are glad that the government is taking care of this.  Israel is also in the process of upgrading mechanisms that monitor the level of the Mediterranean so real-time information about an impending tsunami can be transmitted. These are all steps in the right direction, but there is still more that needs to be done and the next steps for action have not been decided upon yet.

For more information about tsunamis and Israel, check out this great article from Haaretz

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