Expert meeting on tsunamigenic sources with potential impact in the Iberian coast, Balearic and Canary Islands

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Málaga
Spain
Organizer(s)
Instituto Geológico y Minero de España
Universidad de Málaga
Venue
University of Malaga. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Industrial de Málaga (Edificio de Ingenierías), Salón de Grados A y B.

About the event

Knowledge of the tsunamigenic potential of a region, both in terms of historical tsunamis and the understanding of the potential sources, is a fundamental first step for later hazard and risk assessment studies that can lead to mitigation measures and evacuation plans for Civil Protection.

The former highlights the need to compile tsunami catalogues that should be as homogeneous and reliable as possible in order to produce a tsunami hazard evaluation also as homogeneous and reliable as possible.

Although tsunamis are not considered a high threat in the coast of Iberia, Balearic and Canary Island, records show that they have occurred in the past and sometimes they have been highly destructive (the most recent example the Lisbon tsunami of 1755).

The large coastal populations that nowadays lives in this region, highly increased during the summer period, makes it vulnerable to loss of life and the presence of coastal critical infrastructures enhances the associated risk.

The event will be two-folded:

  • On Monday 6 November, there will be public talks where all relevant Spanish authorities will participate
  • On Tuesday 7 November, scientific groups will discuss tsunamigenic sources parameters to be modelled in order to address different initiatives regarding disaster risk reduction.

Public conferences will be in Spanish and registration is free. To register, please send an email to m.llorente@igme.es to ask for an invitation. 

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