In recent years, the Cádiz authorities have confirmed that there is an evacuation plan for the city in the event of a tsunami. A measure that might sound like science fiction, but that the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has been in charge of giving more validity. All after presenting a study in the journal Scientific Reports in which the real risk of a tsunami that would affect Spain and its surroundings is confirmed.
The Averroes fault could well be in the coming years a tectonic enclave that will remain marked for evil in the memory of the Spanish. A fracture in the land that covers the south of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Alboran Sea , and that could be the cause of a tsunami in the coming years.
Of course, without giving a specific date , since these events can be predicted but not with total accuracy, the earthquake would cause waves of up to six meters high on the Spanish coast. A phenomenon, preceded by a magnitude of scale 7 that would make these waves reach land in half an hour (between 21 and 35 minutes).
The entire south eastern coast would be devastated by the consequences of the wave
With two main branches, if this event occurs, both southern Spain and northern Morocco would be affected, flooding enclaves of Malaga, Granada or Cádiz as well as Ceuta or Melilla . A catastrophic event never seen before in Spain (the Lorca earthquake in 2011 was of a 3.9 scale), which could cause irreparable human and environmental damage.
For this reason, the CSIC calls for having a plan in order to ” improve planning measures aimed at mitigating the impact of a possible tsunami.” “Giant waves can pose a threat to coastal populations, damage marine and land infrastructure, and cause an economic and environmental crisis,” the study indicated.
“These are too fast episodes for current early warning systems to work successfully.”
To reach this conclusion, researchers have taken into account the activity of the Averroes fault in the last 124,000 years . Using a mathematical model of the deformation of the sea floor, the team has calculated the behavior of the water masses of the Alboran Sea in the event of a new seismic episode on the fault, making it clear that the activity is greater than previously thought.
“They are too fast episodes for the current early warning systems to work successfully,” the investigation remarked to confirm the veracity of the event but without confirming the exact date. For this reason, the plan of the city of Cádiz to evacuate as much of the population as possible and prevent a tsunami like the one that devastated part of the town in 1755 is gaining momentum.