Tsunamis are caused by tectonic activity throughout Europe, primarily in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The Mediterranean accounts for around 10% of the overall tsunamis globally, including one big tsunami occurring in the area once every decade on occasion. Even if there have been fewer tsunamis in Europe, you cannot deny that it is essential to be prepared for the worst in advance. Here’s how you can go about it.
Always Be Prepared
It doesn’t matter if you live in a tsunami-prone area or just visiting the place; you should always be prepared for the worst. Make sure to keep everything packed so you can leave as soon as possible if you see any such event coming up. Keep the essentials ready and handy and in stock for a few days that will help you later if you are stuck in any such circumstances.
Take the High Ground
When a tsunami hits your area, the best thing you can do is to move up to the higher elevation places. Tsunamis can hit rapidly after an earthquake; therefore, the faster and higher you can get to a higher elevation, the better. Whatever emergency supplies you prepare for yourself, make sure they are light to carry so you can move faster rather than struggling with the weight of your bag.
Stay in the Elevated Area for Some Time
Tsunamis usually hit multiple times, with numerous cycles spread across time, sometimes spanning multiple days. If you return to lower elevations too soon, you may be trapped in a subsequent or triple tsunami wave. As a result, hold steady for an extended time while also listening to the authority.
Always Be Vigilant
Most tsunami-related deaths occur when people are not cautious and observant enough. Pranksters and criminals are notorious for interfering with and damaging equipment set up to warn officials of an incoming tsunami.
There have also been instances when officials have given the all-clear for people to leave the elevation, only to be overtaken by later waves. When deciding to descend, however, considerable caution is required. Always pay close attention to alerts and tread carefully if you are offered the ‘all-clear.’
Know the Mapping of the Place
It is crucial to understand not just tsunami events of the past of the place you are visiting, but also the region’s geology. A tsunami will wreak havoc on settlements built at low earth’s surface, whereas villages built-in higher coastal locations will be saved. In the case of a tsunami, this knowledge can indeed be essential to your plan of action.
Make Contact With The Officials And Residents
It is necessary to make an effort, primarily if language problems exist, to speak with people you are visiting about the procedures and equipment in position to handle a tsunami. Because each location is unique, they will vary from basic to extensive kinds of the tsunami. However, educate yourself about as much data as possible, and your inquiries might help your survival.