Zante

Zante, the island of Greece on the Ionian Sea, epicenter of the earthquake magnitude 8.5 earthquake 8.5 of November 2 for the international tsunami exercise

Everything will start from Zakynthos: the Greek island of the Ionian Sea will be the epicenter of the magnitude 8.5 earthquake that will be simulated on Thursday 2 November for the international “NEAMWave17” Exercise, an anti-tsunami test throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Italy. A very important appointment to test the new monitoring and prevention network established by the Maremotion National Alert System (SiAM), envisaged by the Prime Minister’s Directive of 17 February (in G.U. on 5 June 2017). The SiAM – created to assess the possibility of earthquakes at sea or along the coast of a tsunami and of what magnitude and to spread alert messages – is composed of INGV – National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, which operates through the Center Tsunami Alert (CAT), ISPRA – Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research and Civil Protection Department.

Zante, with an area of ​​405 km, is an island of the Ionian Sea, located 300 km west of Athens and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is a real paradise of terrestrial with very fine sand lapped by a turquoise sea with crystalline backdrops. Note more like Ugo Foscolo, Zakynthos or Zante’s native island is just as the poet depicted in his poetry and the Blue Caves are one of his most famous and publicized attractions, which can be visited either by his own boat or by one of the many organized boat tours.

These particular geological formations, which are named after the particular blue reflections that water takes into them, follow the northwest coast of the island, beginning immediately after Agios Nikolaos and then ending in the vicinity of Capo Skinari, creating scenic scenery, postcard. In many caves it is possible to enter a small or medium boat, while the discovery of the others is reserved only to experienced swimmers and divers. Boat tours to visit the caves start from Makris Gialos Beach, Aghios Nikolaos and Capo Skinari.

The simulation of the earthquake will allow a test of a real state-of-the-art alerting process for southern Italy: the exercise will therefore provide an analysis of the tsunamigenic potential of the earthquake carried out by CAT-INGV, the real-time study of the seaographic data collected by ISPRA and the application of the rapid alert procedures by the Civil Protection Department. It will also be an opportunity to test the ad hoc platform for rapid alert alert delivery, which will allow simultaneous transmission via three channels: email, sms and IVR (Interactive Voice Response). Alert messages will be forwarded to all Regional Civil Protection Offices and Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia regions – those most concerned by the exercise scenario – communications will reach, through the platform, some municipal administrations identified by the regions themselves .