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Some of the world’s most devastating earthquakes and tsunamis have repeatedly struck the Atlantic coast of Southwest Europe. At a subduction zone along the Azores-Gibraltar fault, just 250 kilometres west of the Iberian Peninsula, titanic forces can lift the sea floor at any moment. In 1356 Seville was devastated. In 1755 southern Spain and Portugal shook with an 8.5 magnitude earthquake and were quickly overrun by 30 meter waves. 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 a mega earthquake and tsunami in the entire Atlantic Ocean. Over 6 million people live in a threatened area that hosts tens of millions of tourists. The next big one is due to happen any moment.
On the other side of the strait of Gibraltar the Southwest Mediterranean has also been afflicted by tsunamis. The Averroes Fault, in the Sea of Alborán, has experienced 7.0 earthquakes creating tsunami waves over 6 meters that have pummelled the coastline in less than 30 minutes. The risk area is home to some of the most densely populated cities and beaches in Europe in the summer.
Many other places have been struck by tsunamis in the recent past and share similar risks: Japan, the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Italy, and even Switzerland (landslide tsunamis). We share these risks, why not share the solutions? What is the latest science and what are the latest technologies that can help us?
Ready for the Tsunami? is a one hour science and history documentary that entertains and explains with high-end motion graphics the current risks of large earthquakes and tsunamis in Southwest Europe and beyond. We’ll look into the latest science on what causes these colossal waves, the probability of the next big one happening soon, the state of preparedness of our cities, and the new technologies that offer solutions. We’ll explore early warning systems and pioneering advances such as muography (an “atomic x-ray” that uses subatomic particles from cosmic rays) to anticipate with precision tidal storms and the next big wave. Are we ready for the Tsunami?