Malta has been informed by UNESCO to set preparations in place for a tsunami which is set to hit within 30 years. The chances of it hitting are a matter of when and not if, the organisations said.
At least one of the island’s coastal towns should have tsunami preparations in place by the end of 2023 as the world organisation urges all Mediterranean coastal cities to become tsunami-ready.
Programme specialist at the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic Denis Chang Seng said that if Malta is surprised by a tsunami, it will be a high impact event because of the many boats and expensive vessels.
The risk assessment by UNESCO refers to one-metre waves in the whole Mediterranean region. Strong tsunamis could move and lift off cars, with weaker ones possibly resulting in walls of water travelling at 65km/h.
The tsunamis are not speculation as they have already materialised back in 2017 and 2020 in Greece and Turkey. Countries need to prepare as if a tsunami can hit tomorrow, Seng informed Times of Malta.
Marsaxlokk has already been taken as a case study and set to become the first tsunami ready location in Malta after satisfying 12 credentials. It is set to join 40 tsunami ready towns and cities in 21 countries.