Ready For the Tsunami?

A Goat Knight Production with the participation of RTVE, RTP and Movistar.


Many people in Spain, Portugal, Europe, and around the world, are unaware that the Iberian Peninsula has the highest risk of a mega-earthquake and tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean. In the last 9.000 years, Southwest Europe has experienced between 9 and 14 tsunamis. The last one, in 1755, known as the Great Lisbon Earthquake and Fire, changed the history of Europe. It also gave birth to modern Earth Sciences. What will happen when the next tsunami strikes?

Other places, like Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, or Japan, share a similar risk of tsunamis. If we share similar risks, why not share the solutions?


Ready for the Tsunami? is a one-hour science and technology documentary that explains what causes these large earthquakes and tsunamis in Southwest Europe, uncovers new historical evidence revealing their frequency, and explores world innovations that can keep us safe. We will set up the risks with science and history, with facts, and offer solutions with inventive new technologies. Find out how on Ready for the Tsunami?


Ready for the Tsunami? builds on a successful documentary series Erik Martinez-Westley wrote and produced for PBS in California on how to prepare for a large earthquake. The Whistle: Are We Ready for the Big One? frequently broadcasts in Southern California after an earthquake and currently streams on these links on PBS and KVCR. 

In this adventure, we will discover an unknown history of past tsunamis in beautiful locations and the fascinating science behind the research and technology that can keep us safe. Part one: Risks (Science and History). Part two: Solutions (Prevention and New Technologies). We can’t stop plate tectonics, but we can avoid danger by being informed. 

The one-hour documentary is in production and is scheduled to air in 2024.