JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (UPI) — An Israeli government committee has approved establishment of early warning systems to alert the public in the event of a tsunami in the Mediterranean Sea.
Dov Rosen of Israel’s Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute told Haaretz Monday he estimates a powerful earthquake will hit Israel within the next 50 years.
Rosen said the stations will be located off the Hadera coast as well as at the ports of Ashdod and Haifa, and said the first stage is expected to be completed in coming weeks.
Once completed the early warning stations will be able to transmit real-time information of a pending tsunami and give a 90-minute advance warning, he said.
The newspaper said the work is being coordinated by the Ministry of Infrastructure’s director of marine and land sciences and the institute.
The report noted the most recent tsunami in the Mediterranean occurred six years ago off the Algerian coast following an earthquake at sea.
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