New tsunami center to open in Portugal, UN say

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Portugal is to formally open a National Tsunami Warning Center on Nov. 21, which will extend Europe’s capacity to issue tsunami alerts to its citizens, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has said.

This center will monitor an area where a large earthquake followed by a big tsunami destroyed Lisbon in 1755 said the office.

UNISDR said there is a concern that only 16 of the 39 countries at risk in the North East Atlantic, Mediterranean (NEAM) and connected seas region have subscribed to the Tsunami Early Warning Services.

Since the year 2000, more than 11 million people have been affected by tsunamis.

These have resulted in some 250,000 deaths with the highest death tolls in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Japan, India and Thailand, said the UN office said the UN office.


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