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Tsunami threat hangs over southern Italy

Italy
The Mediterranean Sea
Tsunami threat hangs over southern Italy - Tsunamis occur around once a century in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1908, a magnitude 7 earthquake created a tsunami that almost destroyed the Italian cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria. A major rumble in the quake-prone region off the coast of Greece would trigger a tsunami 5 metres high, which would strike the south-east coasts of Sicily and mainland Italy within an hour. Meanwhile, waves as high as 1.5 metres could be triggered by earthquakes off north Africa and in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily. Other countries could also be vulnerable. "A comparable or even greater threat exists for the coasts of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Greece."

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