Double-TSUNAMI horror as Brits now at risk in Malaga and Marbella

This week Daily Star Online revealed shock figures that show Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca and Alicante are “most at risk” of a monster tsunami along the east coast.  But now we have learned that another earthquake could place the likes of Malaga – which includes Torremolinos and Fuengirola – and Marbella in danger in the south.  With 12 million Brits descending on sun-soaked Spain each year, holidaymakers across the popular region would have just 15 minutes to flee huge waves in the popular Costa hotspots.  But thousands may be able “to do nothing” with no tsunami detectors along the coast.  Despite being smaller than the threat in Costa Blanca, the potential Costa del Sol tsunami could still see relentless waves flooding popular resorts.  This latest discovery comes in a report by Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, which details what would happen in the event of a sea earthquake.  A tsunami along the southern coast of Spain would be caused by a quake striking in the Alboran Sea, north-east of Morocco, which is being squeezed between the Iberian and African plates.  The pressure caused would lead to a fault – the surface cracking – and trigger an earthquake, placing the entire Costa Del Sol in the firing line.  The report states most the region would face a danger level of two out of five.  This means there is a “severe land threat with maximum wave elevations”, according to the documents.  “In this area, especially on the coast of Granada, maximum wave elevations can locally exceed 1m,” the report states.  It details that the areas of Malaga and Granada would face a “land threat” with around one metre waves, while Algeria would face a “marine threat” with 0.5 metre waves.  But the report concludes an earthquake in northern Algeria, which threatens the eastern coast of Spain and Balearic Islands, holds a much higher risk.  “In general the Northern Algerian sources pose a greater risk to the Spanish coast than the Albertan Sea sources,” it states.  “Strike-slip faults of the Albertan basin, the Carboneras and Yusuf faults, do not have a high potential to generate destructive tsunamis, although they could generate tsunamis affecting the coast infrastructure with a short travel time, less than 4 min.”  Because of this, the documents state: “The province of Almeria (south east of Spain) is at a high risk of being affected by a tsunami because it can be reached by vitally all sources of the Albertan Sea and the North West of Algeria, although with a low threat level.”

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