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The next tsunami could affect a French city according to Unesco

Will a French city be hit by a tsunami in the years to come? This dark scenario is that of Unesco (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is an international specialized agency of the United Nations Organization), deciphers . In a report published Tuesday, June 21, the organization points to the “very high” risk of a tidal wave in the next thirty years.

The information is not new, since the city of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes, had already experienced a tsunami in 1979. At the time, recalls , a wave of three meters had hit the city, causing extensive material damage, but also the death of eleven people. This time, according to Unesco, it is Marseilles which is targeted by this risk, like all the Mediterranean cities, since the organization explains that none of them is immune to this “very likely” risk. However, these tidal waves would be less important, with waves of about one meter, still causing great damage, specifies the report, both on the human and material level.

A “tsunami alert” exercise in Nice

Far from that of Fukushima in Japan in 2011, which had caused the death of 19,000 people, that of Sumatra in 2004 (220,000 deaths), waves of six meters in the Philippines in 1976 (more than 5,000 deaths) or even that in off Sicily and Calabria in 1908, which had killed 95,000 people. At the same time, another study, this time from the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM), reports on the vulnerability of the Alpes-Maritimes to this same danger of tsunami, reports . So much so that the prefecture organized a “tsunami alert” exercise at Nice airport to prepare for a possible disaster. The airport could end up under water. “The objective of this exercise was both to test the response devices to this risk and the airport’s emergency plan”, detailed in a press release the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes.


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