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Synopsis in English
Some of the world’s most devastating earthquakes and tsunamis have repeatedly struck the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. At a subduction zone along the Azores-Gibraltar fault lunes, just 250 kilometres west of the continent, titanic forces lift the sea floor. In 1356 Sevilla was devastated. In 1755, Southern Spain and Portugal shook with an 8.5 magnitude earthquake and were quickly over run by waves 30 meters high. Over 100,000 people died. Lisbon was destroyed. It changed the history of Europe. We know this area has been building tension and poses the highest risk of tsunami in the entire Atlantic Ocean. Over 6 million people live in a risk area. The next one is due to happen any moment.
Ready for the Tsunami? Is a one hour documentary that entertains and explains the current risks of earthquakes and tsunamis in the South-Western part of the Iberian Peninsula. We’ll look into the latest science that explains earthquakes and tsunamis, the probability of the next one happening soon, the state of preparedness of our cities, and the solutions at hand. We’ll look into how earthquakes and tsunamis have struck in the past and changed our history along with the technological advances that came out of them. By looking into the latest science and the experience of other cities with similar risks (Seattle, Tokyo) we’ll offer specific solutions on how to prepare our cities and individuals to avoid imminent danger. We cannot stop a tsunami but we can be prepared to avoid as much damage as technology allows and save countless lives. The Great Lisbon Earthquake and tsunami of 1755, in the age of the Enlightenment, put an end to the concept of “divine punishment” and jump-started the study of earth sciences and early seismology. Yet, the theory of plate tectonics and continental subduction weren’t scientifically accepted until 1966 (Many of our our parents never studied it). In this hour we’ll review recent international tsunamis and how other countries are preparing. We’ll investigate how our cities are getting ready (with immediate response professionals, damage prevention methods in new building codes, and education of the population). We’ll delve into the challenges, offer solutions (do you know what to pack in your emergency bag? How to contact loved ones? Where your nearest shelter is?), show new technologies available, and offer solutions (like an earthquake and tsunami early warning system). To do nothing is an invitation for catastrophic damage and loss of lives. Southern Spain and Portugal are in danger. Are we ready for the tsunami?

Sinopsis en castellano
Algunos de los terremotos y tsunami más devastadores que conocemos, un millón de veces más potentes que los que ha sufrido Granada recientemente, han sucedido repetidas veces a pocos kilómetros al oeste de la península ibérica. El de 1356 destrozó Sevilla. El de 1755 arrasó Cádiz y Lisboa. Cambió la historia de Europa. El siguiente podría suceder en cualquier momento.
¿Preparados para el tsunami? es un documental que entretiene y revela los riesgos actuales de tsunamis y terremotos, cómo cambiaron nuestra historia y cómo prepararnos de forma específica para esquivar el peligro. Indagamos en la ciencia que los explica, la probabilidad de que sucedan de nuevo y el estado de preparación de nuestras ciudades. El gran terremoto de Lisboa puso fin a la noción de castigo divino para dar comienzo al estudio de la sismología. El movimiento de las placas tectónicas y la subducción de placas continentales, hoy tan obvio, no se reconoció hasta 1966. Repasaremos terremotos y tsunamis internacionales conocidos. Mostraremos cómo se preparan otros países y qué podríamos hacer en España. Investigaremos el estado de prevención y respuesta inmediata en zonas de peligro y qué podemos hacer para proteger la vida de sus habitantes, el patrimonio cultural y la viabilidad económica de las ciudades. Veremos cuales son los retos, las nuevas tecnologías y las soluciones. No hacer nada es esperar a la catástrofe. Cádiz, Huelva y Portugal en peligro: ¿Estamos preparados para el tsunami?

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