ITALY is one of the countries in the Mediterranean most at risk of being hit by “dangerous” tsunamis with waves “higher than one metre”, a new study has revealed.
In the so-called NEAM, the Mediterranean and North-East Atlantic area, there are three areas prone to tsunamis.
On the western side of the Mediterranean are located other areas considered at risk, despite the chances of a tsunami taking place there are much lower.
The eastern part of Italy sits on the Adriatic Plate, a small tectonic plate that broke away from the African plate millions of years ago, ion the Cretaceous period.
Its movements have triggered some of the worst earthquakes to ever hit the country, including the 6.3-magnitude earthquake of L’Aquila on April 6 2009.
Despite tsunamis in the Mediterranean area are less common than in Asia, Mr Basili warned they are not to be overlooked.