Coast of Andalucia must prepare for the arrival of a tsunami

by Lorraine Williamson
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MOTRIL – The most populated areas of the Andalucian coast in the province of Granada appear to be most exposed to a tsunami. Therefore, the coastal municipalities of Costa Tropical must draw up a plan with proposed evacuation measures. 

This is stipulated in the Emergency Plan for Tsunami-risks in Andalucia, which was approved on Monday by the Junta de Andalucia. It obliges the 10 municipalities of Granada with a beach to draw up a Local Action Plan for this phenomenon. 

The most densely populated areas of the Costa Tropical in Granada are at the same time the areas most exposed to the action of a tsunami, simply because they are flat areas closer to the sea. 

Which municipalities? 

The municipalities are as follows;

  • Albuñol
  • Almuñécar
  • Gualchos
  • Lújar
  • Motril
  • Polopos
  • Rubite
  • Salobreña
  • Sorvilán
  • Torrenueva Costa

These areas will have to draw up a local action strategy to bring the population to safety within a time frame of 30 to 45 minutes. 

In their planning, municipalities must take into account geographical zones, groups of people based on their physical condition and capabilities, and the different types of evacuations that may be necessary. 

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Also read: What are the real chances of a tsunami in Spain? 

The plan also includes provisions for self-protection measures, and the deployment of loudspeaker systems for tsunami warnings and an SMS alert system. The pursuit of prevention and preparation is seen as crucial in this, according to Jesús Galindo, deputy director of the Andalucian Institute of Earth Sciences in Cadena Ser. 

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The risk map of the plan includes the areas affected by a tsunami as a result of an earthquake caused by the fault line of the Alborán Sea. It concerns the entire urban area of La Herradura and the areas of San Cristóbal and Velilla, in Almuñécar. It also stipulates that the entire future Salobreña hotel extension on La Guardia beach would be flooded; and the entire urban area of the Paseo Marítimo. Furthermore, all residential areas of Playa Granada and the rest of the beaches of Motril and almost the entire village of Torrenueva would also be affected. 

A tsunami would affect the population of the eastern part of the coast of Granada to a lesser extent (incidentally the least populated). and the entire urban area of the Paseo Marítimo. 

Also see: Spanish bathers startled by mini-tsunami 

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