Morocco to Participate in UNESCO Tsunami Warning Exercise

Morocco to Participate in UNESCO Tsunami Warning Exercise

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Computer Simulation of Tsunami on Casablanca city.

Morocco will participate in an exercise named NEAMWave14, which is a part of the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas. It is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) between October 28 and 30.

The exercise will take place along the coastlines of the North Arctic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and will be based on four Tsunami simulations that will take place in 20 nations. It will test the region’s preparedness for a tsunami disaster.

According to the UNESCO, the goal from the tsunami simulations is to test the efficiency of the communication systems in charge of transmitting tsunami alerts.

Most people are unaware of tsunami threats along the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In November 1755, an earthquake of 8.5 magnitude struck off the coast of Portugal and resulted in the destruction of Lisbon and the killing of thousands of people in Europe and Morocco.

The participating countries are: Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Italy, Ireland, France, Egypt, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Portugal, Malta, Russia, Spain Sweden, Turkey, Romania, the UK, Monaco and Morocco.

A similar alarm system exists also for the Pacific, Caribbean and Indian oceans.